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Conducting an effective emergency drill

Hospital Safety Insider, October 2, 2014

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If you've been the safety officer at your facility for any period of time, chances are you've already conducted or at least been involved in the planning of an emergency drill of some sort. You don't really have a choice—as part of the accreditation process, The Joint Commission requires hospitals to perform two emergency response exercises every year

One of those drills has to be an escalating scenario, where the local community is unable to support the emergency and extra resources must be called in. So how do you go about conducting an effective live drill that tests your readiness? We asked some of our experts to share their knowledge and give you a list of things to consider when planning a drill of your own.

This is an excerpt from an article in the September issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety. Visit here to log in or subscribe.

 



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