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Tip of the week: Monitor physicians for emergency preparedness

Hospital Safety Insider, August 25, 2011

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The Joint Commission requires the medical staff to monitor physicians who have been granted disaster privileges to ensure that they are providing ­acceptable levels of care. This is something that can ­easily fall through the cracks, particularly when it comes to ­documentation, says Mary Hoppa, MD, MBA, CMSL, a senior consultant with The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., in Danvers, MA. Monitoring can be ­performed in three ways:

  • Direct observation of the person rendering care
  • Mentoring the person with a staff physician
  • Review of the medical record after the fact

"Your thoughts are on other things and you're dealing with the care of patients first, but what The Joint ­Commission is saying is don't forget the paperwork ­either," Hoppa says.

Volunteer physicians should also be provided a ­preceptor as a resource if they have any questions or ­issues while getting acclimated to the facility.

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