JCAHO Offers Emergency Management Suggestions for Hospitals

JCAHO offers emergency management suggestions

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has published a series of tips for facilities preparing for and responding to emergency situations. The tips include:

how to conduct an emergency management drill that stresses an organization?s systems and facilities; guidelines for staging effective drills, including planning for surge capacity, staffing considerations such as shift changes, security issues such as crowd control, communications, and how to evaluate the drill; tips for communitywide emergency planning from a facility management perspective; how to protect and prepare first receivers during a mass casualty incident; tips to address emergency management and ensure the continued provision of safe, quality care and services during a disaster; a checklist to ensure organizations cover the key aspects of emergency management planning; a step-by-step guide for small, rural, and suburban communities to prepare for and successfully respond to major local and regional emergencies.

To download a free copy, go to www.jcrinc.com website and view the "Free Emergency Management Tips".

(AHC Newsletters -- 01/16/06)