Aims: Medical centers, especially hospitals need readiness in order to fulfill their mission in disasters as the most important settings for treatment of wounded and injured people. Therefore, this study was performed to assess the readiness level of some selected hospitals of Iran.
Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out in 3 selected hospitals of Iran in year 2009. Data was collected by a validated 220 questions checklist taken from a master degree thesis. Reliability of the checklist was confirmed with Kappa test. Data was analyzed by SPSS 15, using descriptive statistics and a five-section Likert scale.
Results: Mean scores of 10 units of hospitals such as admission, safety, evacuation and transport, staffing, communication, traffic, emergency, training, logistic, and management were respectively 21, 45, 49, 44.5, 54, 49, 64.5, 68.5, 70, and 80%. Generally, the average readiness score for all hospitals was 54.5%. Conclusion: Readiness level of studied hospitals is good in emergency, training, logistic and management units. Readiness level is medium in safety, evacuation and transport, staffing, communication and traffic and is weak in admission, according to Likert scale.