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Tip of the week: Double-check your hazard vulnerability analysis, says Joint Commission engineer

Hospital Safety Insider, May 12, 2009

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Some hospitals have received citations this year during their Joint Commission surveys because their hazard vulnerability analyses (HVA) aren’t up to speed.

That’s the word from George Mills, the senior engineer at The Joint Commission. Mills spoke during an audio conference May 6 hosted by Joint Commission Resources, Inc., an affiliate of The Joint Commission.

One trouble spot Mills specifically pointed out was that an HVA shouldn’t merely reflect the findings of a state list of potential disaster scenarios. Rather, a hospital’s HVA must prioritize potential scenarios into the medical setting’s emergency plans while accounting for the six critical areas of emergency management under The Joint Commission’s standards

"Take another look at your emergency management programs," Mills said.



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