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A hospital's guide to new emergency management standards

Hospital Safety Insider, March 27, 2014

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In this Q&A with safety expert Marge McFarlane, learn about how some of the Joint Commission’s new emergency management standards will affect hospital safety personnel:
 
Q: What will these changes mean to me as a person in safety and security?
 
McFarlane: The new language says that if you are affected by an event or participate in an emergency exercise, you should have (and take advantage of) the opportunity to detail what went well and what could have been improved. Especially in large-scale events, you may realize that the “plan” for response or recovery is missing elements, does not work, or that things happened that were not addressed prior to the event. This is a key piece of process improvement activities in any organization.
 
We have been involved with the “plan, do, check, act” process for decades. As we dig deeper into emergency management with the four phases of planning, preparedness, mitigation, and recovery, many opportunities to refine our “all hazards” planning will appear.
 
This is an excerpt from an article in the March issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety.  Visit here to log in or subscribe.

 



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