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Observe an upcoming change in fuel requirements for EM.02.02.09

Hospital Safety Insider, November 5, 2008

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As you fine-tune your emergency operations plans, note a slight change in wording that will aid you in 2009 under Joint Commission standard EM.02.02.09 (managing utilities during emergencies).
 
Element of performance 5 states hospitals must have contingencies for alternative supplies of fuel for essential transport services that the facility “would typically provide.” The phrase in quotes is new language that will help emergency planners narrow down their compliance activities, said Susan McLaughlin, managing director of MSL Healthcare Consulting in McMurray, PA. McLaughlin spoke during this week’s HCPro audio-conference, “Emergency Management Compliance in 2009.”
 
For example, if your hospital doesn’t usually provide a parking lot transportation shuttle, your plans don’t need to anticipate fuel supplies for such a vehicle during a disaster. On the other hand, if your campus uses a truck snowplow in the winter, build that into your emergency fuel contingencies, McLaughlin said.
 
If you didn’t get a chance to listen to our popular three-part audio-conference series on The Joint Commission’s 2009 changes to its physical environment standards, click on the link that interests you below to order a CD of a program or download an on-demand audio file:
 



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