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Tip of the week: Consider more than one person to monitor emergency drills

Hospital Safety Insider, November 11, 2009

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When performing emergency management exercises under Joint Commission requirements, EM.03.01.03 requires the hospital to appoint at least one person to monitor the performance of staff members during the drill. Realistically, more than one person should be used for this function, and here’s why:
  • At least one person should monitor the incident command center
  • Another should monitor the location of the drill activation (e.g., the ED, nursing unit)
  • At least one person should monitor each key area as identified by your emergency operations plan
Members of your safety or emergency management committee are ideal for filling these roles, but whomever you choose, they should be knowledgeable of the goals of the exercise.
 
If an actual emergency is used as an exercise, it is not always possible to have one person whose sole job is to monitor performance. In this case the hospital may get input from others involved in the incident command structure and those who provided services during the incident.
 
Editor’s note: This tip comes from HCPro’s Emergency Management Compliance Manual: A Guide to the Joint Commission Standards.



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