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Hospital Safety Insider, August 20, 2015

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One of the most stressful, yet crucial and educational, roles you will play in your job as a hospital safety professional is making sure your staff is prepared to be ready when an emergency occurs.

It could be that your facility is a busy trauma center that sees its share of real-world emergencies that allow your staff to practice their skills and activate your emergency plans, or maybe you work in a small community hospital in the suburbs that doesn't see a lot of action. Either way, The Joint Commission and CMS want the same thing from you-for you to be ready to respond to any emergency situation, large or small-and the best way to do that is to conduct regular emergency drills.

Your emergency planning and drilling need will vary, depending on the facility's size and hazards inherent in your community (You have done a hazard vulnerability assessment, right?).

Assuming you have already planned an emergency drill?tabletop or operational?that will stress your facility's staff and resources, as well as introduce a surge of patients that your staff will have to deal with, the question now is how to conduct it safely and efficiently, without severely interrupting your regular operations and keeping everyone involved safe. Afterwards, how do you quickly assess the drill, get feedback from participants while the information is fresh in their heads, and gather information that can be used as a learning tool?

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



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