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SPECIAL EDITION: Highlights from the Hospital Safety Symposium

Hospital Safety Insider, May 8, 2008

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Welcome to this extra edition of Hospital Safety Connection, as we cover yesterday’s sessions at HCPro’s Second Annual Hospital Safety Symposium in Las Vegas.
 
Among the information and advice attendees learned from our presenters:
  • Verify that your emergency operations plan describes the process for ending emergency response efforts and beginning recovery steps, said keynote speaker Dean Samet, director of regulatory compliance at Smith Seckman & Reid, Inc., based in Nashville. “You’re going to have to determine those time frames” and who has the authority to make these decisions, Samet added.
  • Life Safety Code citations under EC.5.20 often center on everyday problems--“the little things you see listed in the building maintenance program and the Statement of Conditions,” Samet said.
  • Look at your hazard vulnerability analysis and evaluate which of those potential scenarios could isolate your hospitals for 96 hours during a community disaster, said Steve MacArthur, a safety consultant for The Greeley Company in Marblehead, MA. This may help you comply with EC.4.12.
  • Using an audience member as a model and tomato juice as “blood,” safety expert Terry Jo Gile of North Fort Myers, FL, showed how lab coats should properly repel fluids, not soak them up.
Former life safety surveyor Brad Keyes, now a consultant for Greeley, will take the stage Friday morning to talk about practical life safety compliance strategies.

The Hospital Safety Symposium wraps up on Friday afternoon. Watch for further coverage in next week’s issue of this e-newsletter and in upcoming editions of Briefings on Hospital Safety.



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