JCAHO Offers Emergency Management Suggestions for Hospitals

Tips deal with security, emergency management, disaster preparations

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)