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Tip of the week: Inauguration offers all hospital a chance to review emergency plans

Hospital Safety Insider, January 14, 2009

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Though any other city outside of Washington, D.C., will probably never host a presidential inauguration, the big event next week offers an interesting emergency scenario that many medical centers could review.
 
As part of the inauguration, public safety officials are severely limiting road traffic into the capital, generally allowing only taxis, limos, buses, and emergency vehicles. That may mean many regular healthcare workers will have a hard time getting to work at Washington’s medical centers.
 
If a terrorist attack or other catastrophe were to occur, hospitals may be hard-pressed to fully activate emergency operations plans because they may not have the ability to quickly call in more staff members.
 

Think about this situation in your own response plans, regardless of whether traffic is limited into your area because of a big event or an unexpected problem. This would be a good wrench to throw into an escalating drill involving community responders as required in Joint Commission standard EM.03.01.03



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