2017: New disaster spiritual care guide is a first in North America

ESCAT GuideDuring any disaster or Code Orange, victims need medical attention. But they, along with their families and loved ones, also need spiritual and emotional support. That’s what inspired The Ottawa Hospital to develop the Emergency Spiritual Care Assistance Team (ESCAT) Guide – the first of its kind in North America.

The ESCAT Guide outlines the structure, processes and functions of a disaster spiritual care team pre-disaster, during disaster and post-disaster. This includes information about administrative committees, volunteer recruiting and screening, training workshops, and communication for before, during and after a disaster.

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