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Report urges you to prepare for more HSEEP influence

Hospital Safety Insider, July 15, 2009

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It may pay to stay familiar with developments in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), as increased use of this federal endeavor is a likely next phase in hospital emergency planning.
 
This notion is based on findings in a new report published by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Center for Biosecurity.
 
After 9/11, the first wave of preparedness saw hospitals develop better response plans and establish relations with other agencies within their communities. The next wave will likely be the continued phase-in of HSEEP standards for hospital exercises, says Eric Toner, MD, the UPMC study’s lead author and principal investigator.
 
“The number one conclusion we came to is that the direction everyone’s moving in is toward greater and greater collaboration and development of emergency preparedness coalitions on a regional basis,” Toner says.
 
Subscribers to the Hospital Safety Center can find more details in this month’s Briefings on Hospital Safety, including pointers from Toner for reaching out to the community with emergency planning, as required by The Joint Commission.
 
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