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Tip of the week: Monitor resources to avoid an emergency management hotspot

Hospital Safety Insider, March 18, 2009

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Joint Commission standard EM.02.02.03, element of performance 6, requires that an emergency operations plan (EOP) describes how the hospital will monitor the availability of resources and assets during an emergency. Requirements concerning resources and assets proved problematic for hospitals, leading The Joint Commission to temporarily relax the scoring of certain emergency management provisions last year.
 
However, that scoring grace period ended on January 1, 2009, so facilities should verify that someone is monitoring disaster resources such as personal protective equipment, water, fuel, and medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical resources.
 
If your hospital needs help ensuring its EOP complies with Joint Commission standards, you can get advice at our virtual workshop, “Five Steps to Strengthen Your Emergency Operations Plan” on April 14.
 
Hear speaker Jim Kendig, vice president of safety, security, and clinical/courier transportation at Health First in Melbourne, FL, discuss why the EOP is such a challenge.



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