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Safety Articles by Topic: Emergency Management

Hospital floods highlight need for infection prevention, control

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 15, 2013

    Hospital closures after extensive flooding in Thailand and United States have brought attention to...

From Mac’s Safety Space: Before they make me run...

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 49, November 29, 2012

    One topic upon which I’ve not weighed in is the proposed changes to The Joint...

Briefings on Hospital Safety excerpt: Superstorm Sandy wreaks havoc on the East Coast

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 49, November 29, 2012

    Hospitals in New York City and New Jersey were hit particularly hard as some had to evacuate due...

From Mac’s Safety Space: 96 Tears - 96 Hours - 96 Response Plans - You’re gonna cry - cry, cry, cry!

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 15, 2012

    I was doing some work at a client facility recently and happened to be on site when these folks...

Editor’s choice: Elevator firefighter service testing

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 15, 2012

    One of the hot issues that accreditation organization surveyors are focusing on lately is elevator...

Getting a jump on GHS HazCom changes

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 7, 2012

    The revision of the Hazard Communication Standard to include the Globally Harmonized System (GHS...

Colorado shootings put docs vs. glocks law in spotlight

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, August 2, 2012

    Should doctors warn patients about the risks of guns in the home? In Florida, physicians who did...

HHS boosts hospital disaster preparedness with funding

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 27, July 12, 2012

    The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $971 million to continue...

From Mac's Safety Space: Permissions from authorities having jurisdiction

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 27, July 12, 2012

    Advice from healthcare safety expert Steve MacArthur on permissions from authorities having...

Weekly tip: Implementing crisis standards of care during a community disaster

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 25, June 28, 2012

    In 2009, in the midst of the H1N1 pandemic, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened a panel of...

Hospital shooting points to domestic violence

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 24, June 21, 2012

    The shooting at the Erie County Medical Center shows that violence in healthcare is not only...

Weekly tip: Earthquake tests provide inside look at hospital structures

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 24, June 21, 2012

    On April 17, a hospital building in Southern California shook violently, swaying as the ground...

From Mac's Safety Space: Last Dance, Last Chance, Hot (& humid) Stuff...

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 22, June 7, 2012

    Strangely enough, there remains some uncertainty relative to the management of temperature and...

Weekly tip: Past disasters give clues into the recovery process

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 21, May 31, 2012

    Managing a large-scale disaster can be difficult enough, but without long-term recovery plans, your...

Model hospital tested during fake quake

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 15, April 19, 2012

    Structural engineers at the University of California San Diego shook an 80-foot-high model hospital...

"Crisis standards of care" urged by Institute of Medicine

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 14, April 12, 2012

    A recent report by the Institute of Medicine released in March states that the country is in need...

Understanding hospital emergency preparedness from Japan earthquake and tsunami, one year later

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 12, March 29, 2012

    On March 19, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) departments of psychiatry and...

Blog spotlight: CMS allows for certain 2012 LSC standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 15, 2012

    This one has the potential to be the game-changer we’ve been hoping (waiting) for – the...

Illinois hospital endures tornado

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 9, March 8, 2012

    At Harrisburg Medical Center, staff rushed to move its 42 patients into hallways and away from...

Triaging and treating during disaster

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 5, 2012

    Physicians facing medical disasters will face ethical concerns not always taught during emergency...

Hospital built with bioterrorism in mind

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, December 1, 2011

    The brand new Rush University Medical Center in Chicago touts a design that addresses the...

Many CA hospitals have risk of collapsing during major earthquake

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, October 27, 2011

    Many hospital buildings in California are still not earthquake-proof, despite the 1994 landmark law...

Hospital ER shuts down after meth contamination

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 42, October 20, 2011

    The emergency room of Medical Park Hospital in Hope, AR, was shut down after emergency room workers...

Hazmat response for medical waste exposure at MD hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 13, 2011

    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, had a hazmat scare when a contractor...

Hospitals use flu vaccination to test mobile shelter

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 40, October 6, 2011

    Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, MD, and Garrett Memorial Hospital in Oakland, MD...

9/11 reminds hospitals and communities to check preparedness

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 37, September 15, 2011

    A September 1 report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation...

Staff stay with patients despite order of evacuation

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 36, September 8, 2011

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered five New York City Hospitals to evacuate prior to Hurricane...

Hurricane Irene forces total evacuation for one CT hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 35, September 1, 2011

    Johnson Memorial Medical Center in Stafford, CT, suffered a power outage from Hurricane Irene on...

Editor’s Choice: When the earth moves under your feet, or earthquake!

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, August 30, 2011

    Now that you felt or heard about the 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered near Mineral, VA, on August...

Weekly poll: Will you have more resources for emergency preparedness next year?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, August 30, 2011

    This year, healthcare facilities have already dealt with floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and...

Wisconsin piloting patient tracking system for mass casualty event

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 11, 2011

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is conducting a statewide pilot of a Web-based patient...

Vancouver hospital was ready for hockey riot

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 31, August 4, 2011

    St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver was ready for whatever the riot following Game 7 of...

Hospital closes ER after faulty radiation reading

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 29, July 21, 2011

    Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas, CA, had quite the impromptu drill after a wrongly...

Another person killed in FL hospital violence

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 27, July 7, 2011

    A man who entered Physician’s Regional-Pine Ridge in Naples, FL on the evening of July 5...

News: MI hospital activates emergency response over powder

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 26, June 30, 2011

    After an employee in an administration office on the Imaging Center on Beaumont Hospital’s...

Man fired gun in Ohio hospital emergency room

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 24, June 16, 2011

    Wright-Patterson (OH) Medical Center experienced quite the scare over the weekend when a man fired...

Mac's Safety Space: Questions you can?t answer (right away) are the hallmark of a useful emergency exercise

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 23, June 9, 2011

    The “best” result you can really expect from an emergency response exercise is the...

CA representative calls for continued funding of emergency mobile hospitals

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 23, June 9, 2011

    California representative Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), chair of the Assembly Transportation...

Hospital shooting raises security questions

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 71, June 2, 2011

    Hospital safety is being questioned after a patient shot and killed a doctor at Florida Hospital in...

Weekly Poll: Weather-related emergency action plans and evacuations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 71, June 2, 2011

    The tornado that ripped through St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO, serves as a...

Tip of the Week: Report card: How well are hospitals prepared for emergencies?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 71, June 2, 2011

    The following is an excerpt from the May issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety Study reveals some...

Missouri hospital evacuated safely during weekend tornado

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 70, May 26, 2011

    The entire 367-bed St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO, needed to be evacuated...

Mac’s Safety Space: Meanwhile, on the other side of town...interim gas measures?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 70, May 26, 2011

    One little item that seems to be popping up with increasing regularity is citing deficiencies in...

Mac’s Safety Space: Harvester of Data: Data collection?your pathway to compliance

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 69, May 19, 2011

    At this point, if you’ve been managing your environment for any length of time, you know...

Tip of the Week: Joint Commission expects hospitals to address patient communication standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 69, May 19, 2011

    The following is an excerpt from the May issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety

Napa State Hospital under scrutiny for another assault

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 68, May 12, 2011

    Another assault occurred at Napa State Hospital in Napa, CA, less than a month after the...

Man accused of murder at Napa State Hospital will go to trial

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 67, May 5, 2011

    In the ongoing saga at Napa State Hospital in Napa, CA, following a nurse’s murder by a...

New California bill aims to improve safety for patients and staff at state hospitals

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 67, May 5, 2011

    A bill proposed by state Assembly member Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa) to address safety issues at...

Bills to allow seismic safety deadline extension

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 66, April 28, 2011

    Two bills were signed by California Governor Jerry Brown (D) that could give hospitals a seven-year...

Nurses outraged over emergency room security switch up

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 65, April 21, 2011

    A change in emergency room security staff has nurses up in arms at St. Josephs Hospital in St...

Patient dies at Napa State Hospital from alleged attack

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 64, April 14, 2011

    A patient died April 11 at Napa (CA) State Hospital, Napa while being subdued after attacking a...

Fear of radiation exposure cause pediatric clinic relocation

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 63, April 7, 2011

    Employee concern about possible radiation exposure from the radiology department has prompted...

New system to enhance communication between police and ED

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 62, March 31, 2011

    A new communications system will help first responders at Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, NJ...

California hospital will be able to withstand an 8.0 earthquake

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 61, March 24, 2011

    An innovative building design will allow the brand new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in San Mateo...

Hospital fined for lack of workplace violence protection

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 60, March 17, 2011

    OSHA fined Franklin Hospital Medical Center in Valley Stream, NY, $4,500 for failing to protect its...

Mac’s Safety Space: Electric blankets in patient care occupied rooms

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 60, March 17, 2011

    Q: At my hospital, we do not allow electric blankets in patient rooms. Several Charge Nurse’s...

California Children’s hospital fined for safety violations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 58, March 3, 2011

    California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) fined Children’s...

Healthcare provider uses technology to keep criminals away

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 57, February 24, 2011

    Face recognition software is being used by a healthcare system to scan visitors entering the...

Vermont hospital concerned about emergency room violence

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 57, February 24, 2011

    To enhance security, Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin will be limiting entrances to its...

Mac’s Safety Space: Don’t let go of the coat

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 56, February 17, 2011

    I was traveling recently through the middle of the country and had to witness some sort of lock...

Hospital reevaluating its railings

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 55, February 10, 2011

    An Ontario hospital is looking closely at its railing design after a man died February 3 after...

Tip of the Week: Boston hospital's EM program is deficiency free and wins high praise

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 55, February 10, 2011

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s emergency management (EM) program scored high in its...

Napa State Hospital workers speak out about their concerns

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 54, February 3, 2011

    Napa (CA) State Hospital has gone through its fair share of trouble this past year when a nurse was...

Hospital recognizes need for workplace safety improvements

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, January 13, 2011

    A list of safety improvements is scheduled to be fixed during 2011 at Phelps County Regional...

Oregon State Hospital's mental facility renovations will improve cramped living quarters

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, January 13, 2011

    On January 10, a group of patients from Oregon State Hospital (OSH) in Salem moved out of their...

Tip of the Week: Virtual fire extinguisher provides realistic training

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, January 13, 2011

    Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher in a healthcare facility can be important. But does everyone...

Do you feel safe in your healthcare facility?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, December 23, 2010

    The September shooting at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore left some healthcare workers...

Tip of the Week: Include HIPAA privacy officers in your emergency planning

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, December 23, 2010

    During an emergency, hospitals don’t want to have to ensure that its complying with both...

Efforts underway to improve security in California hospitals

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, December 16, 2010

    The death of two healthcare workers has prompted hospitals to increase safety and security in...

Tip of the Week: Handling an unruly patient

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, December 16, 2010

    When handling an unruly patient, there are ways security officers can ensure safety and prevention...

North Carolina hospital hires police unit to reduce violence

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 45, December 2, 2010

    Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head, NC, is replacing its current security department with a police...

Tip of the Week: How to handle psych and forensic patients

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 45, December 2, 2010

    Hospital security is especially important when handling inmates who could pose a threat. Safety...

Mac's Safety Space: ’Twas brillig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe..

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 44, November 18, 2010

    Oh wait, wrong poem - let's try this again: "The time has come," the Walrus said...

Tip of the Week: Hospital safety drill goes too far

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 44, November 18, 2010

    Hospital drills are a great way to educate staff in an instance where a real-life dangerous...

Hospital shooting prompts safety concerns for Florida hospitals

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, November 11, 2010

    On November 4, a man walked into the cafeteria of Palm Bay (FL) Hospital and shot himself to death.

California hospitals at risk for earthquake safety

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, November 11, 2010

    An investigation done by California Watch found that California has been offering little...

Tip of the Week: Preparing a healthcare facility for a natural disaster

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, November 11, 2010

    Natural disasters happen. Healthcare facilities should have a mutual understanding when it comes to...

Hospital security questioned after influx of intoxicated patients

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 42, November 4, 2010

    Intoxicated patients are causing hospital staff to second guess security measures at Mount Nittany...

Tip of the Week: Hospital evacuation drills

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, November 4, 2010

    Performing evacuation drills in hospitals can be a vital safety measure for staff and patients. The...

Fire code violations cause psych unit to shut down

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, November 4, 2010

    Failure to meet fire code standards caused the closure of the psychiatric unit in The University of...

Security concerns raised at California mental hospital after a nurse was allegedly murdered

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 42, October 28, 2010

    Napa (CA) State Hospital workers are worried about the hospital’s security policies after a...

Violence in the ED webcast

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 21, 2010

    Violence in healthcare settings is increasing, and because of that, HCPro is offering Violence in...

Protecting ED staff members from violence

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 40, October 14, 2010

    In an atmosphere shrouded in uncertainty, there is one indisputable fact regarding hospital...

Prepare for the worst with repetition

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 10, October 1, 2010

    What The Joint Commission expects from your emergency exercises There’s a good reason why...

Escalating drills will meet EM standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 36, September 16, 2010

    Joint Commission standard EM 03.01.03 requires that healthcare facility conduct two drills to test...

Incorporate children in EM plans

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 36, September 16, 2010

    When you plan for how your hospital will handle emergencies, don’t forget to think about how...

Emergency exercises that will ensure compliance

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 35, September 9, 2010

    There’s a good reason why The Joint Commission expects hospitals to regularly conduct...

Hospital Safety Center September 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Inside: An inside look at a CMS Life Safety Code® survey Tie EC and IC together to...

The big eight issues to disaster recovery

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    When it comes to the recovery of systems at your hospital after a disaster, there are eight key...

Managing laboratory safety in your hospital

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Becky worked in an independent lab in Cedar Rapids, IA. The lab was located in the downtown area...

Preventing drills that go too far

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    In May, a terrorist drill at St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s Siena campus in Las Vegas proved...

California hospitals given extension to meet seismic standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 19, 2010

    California hospitals are notoriously at risk for an earthquake disaster that could put the safety...

Mac’s Safety Space: Keep an eye on computerized work records

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 19, 2010

    Computerized work records can be a great way to organize work orders in your hospital, especially...

Tip of the week: Consider these eight issues for disaster management

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 19, 2010

    When it comes to the recovery of systems at your hospital after a disaster, there are eight key...

Tip of the week: Emergency evacuation procedures should be consistent

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 31, August 12, 2010

    Every hospital has their own policies and procedures for evacuating their facility, and usually...

Hospital Safety Center July 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Inside: California hospital hit with major fine for violating the ATD standard EM is no...

EM is no longer just a couple of surveyor questions

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    In 2008, when Bill Mangieri took over as the emergency management (EM) specialist at St...

Surveyor questions focus on six critical areas of EM

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Expect a lot of surveyor questions when it comes to your emergency management (EM) program, says...

Get your hospital back on its feet after a disaster

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Hospitals spend a lot of time identifying risks and preparing so they’re ready to respond...

AHRQ releases resources for hospital evacuation decisions

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 26, July 1, 2010

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released two resources to help safety...

Tip of the week: Create an ED buffer zone during an emergency

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 25, June 24, 2010

    Pedestrian access control requires planning. Many hospitals are built to be "community...

Boston hospital CEO posts video of NICU evacuation drill

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 24, June 24, 2010

    Paul Levy, well-known president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, posted a...

Surveyor questions focus on six critical areas of EM

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 24, June 17, 2010

    Expect a lot of surveyor questions when it comes to your emergency management (EM) program, says...

Tip of the week: Survey prep should focus on documentation

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 23, June 10, 2010

    There are several steps hospital emergency management coordinators can take to prepare for a...

Hospital Safety Center June 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Joint Commission backs off of emergency prep tracers

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Several developments have come to light regarding 2010 emergency management sessions that Joint...

Hurricane season brings security challenges

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Joe Cappiello, BSN, MA, chair of Cappiello & Associates, advises safety and security directors...

Hospital Safety Center May 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

State OSHA agency fines hospital for alleged H1N1 slips

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    On January 29, Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA, received a citation and an $8,000 fine...

HVA events will let surveyors test your flexibility

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    We all know that The Joint Commission expects your disaster drills to feature escalating scenarios...

Sample unit isolation plan for emergency response

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    HCPro’s new resource, Emergency Operations Plan Template, contains advice and sample language...

You can remotely attend next week’s Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2010

    A week from the today, the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium begins in Las Vegas. You can...

Mississippi tornado kills 10, sends dozens to hospitals

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 17, April 27, 2010

    Ten people were killed, and at least 21 residents who sustained injuries had to be either flown or...

A year after H1N1 pandemic began, Hawaii school reports possible outbreak

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 17, April 27, 2010

    In April 2009, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX began to experience a surge...

Save travel costs by attending the Hospital Safety Center Symposium from your facility

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    The 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium is just two weeks away, and if you won’t be...

Rhode Island hospital tests emergency communications technology

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    When a fire roared through a local nightclub in Providence, Rhode Island, first responders were...

CA hospitals seek extension for earthquake safety upgrades

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    Hospitals in San Diego County are pushing for an extension that would allow them to delay...

Learn the latest strategies for ED violence prevention at HCPro symposium

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 15, April 13, 2010

    Anyone who’s ever seen healthcare security expert Fred Roll speak knows he packs his...

CT hospital conducts drill similar to actual event

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 15, April 13, 2010

    Bristol (CT) Hospital emergency management coordinator is leading the effort of a communitywide...

Chemical spill sends 20 people to local hospitals

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 15, April 13, 2010

    Twenty employees of Electric Materials Co., a copper manufacturing plant in North East, PA, and one...

Q&A: Posting exit route maps

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 13, 2010

    Q: Can you tell me what the OSHA regulations are for posting exit route maps, how many to post, and...

New state-of-the-art, updated compliance guide for EC, emergency management, and life safety standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2010

    We’re excited to announce that HCPro has just published its newest compliance guide, Physical...

Emergency Management Tip: EM.02.02.07 offers good framework of staff concerns during disaster responses

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 14, April 6, 2010

    Every emergency is different from every other emergency, and every moment in every emergency is...

Despite severe flooding, Rhode Island hospitals up and running

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 14, April 6, 2010

    The state health department in Rhode Island has confirmed that hospitals in the state were up and...

Major earthquake hits border cities; hospital evacuated

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 14, April 6, 2010

    The cities of Calexico, CA and Mexicali, Mexico were hit worst by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake April...

Hospital Safety Center April 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Inside: Options for corpse storage during emergency response EC scoring may herald...

Options for corpse storage during emergency response

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Although the United States may never see a death toll approaching that from Haiti’s...

The benefits of customizing your HICS position chart

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Some emergency managers find the standard HICS chart includes too many positions or uses job titles...

Survey monitor: Past tabletop efforts rewarded during emergency session

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Bucking what anecdotally appears to be a trend, Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson, MO...

FDA: Hospitals have 18 months to replace SS1

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Read the latest news about an FDA deadline for the Steris System 1® replacement, a new Joint...

OSHA Q&A tackles H1N1 shots, respirators, and more

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Read answers to reader questions about bloodborne pathogens postexposure evaluations, gloves used...

Tip of the month: Consider female attackers in your terrorism plans

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 13, March 31, 2010

    Two female suicide bombers detonated themselves inside Moscow subway stations earlier this week...

Mac’s Safety Space: EM.02.02.07 offers good framework of staff concerns during disaster responses

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 13, March 31, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Getting to the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 13, March 30, 2010

    The 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium is just about two months away, and we know that...

Flood affects patient care a week later at one MA hospital

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 13, March 30, 2010

    Flooding hit eastern Massachusetts hard a week ago, and Hallmark Health’s Lawrence Memorial...

Emergency Management Tip: Building a culture of preparedness

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 13, March 30, 2010

    Hospital leaders can emphasize a culture of preparedness beginning with orientation. Every staff...

Emergency Management Tip: Surveyors will look for staff competencies

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 12, March 23, 2010

     When it comes to emergency management, Joint Commission surveyors will expect evidence of...

South Carolina’s earthquake preparedness varies by region

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 12, March 23, 2010

    Although buildings on the coast of South Carolina are built to withstand a 7.3 magnitude...

UCLA Health System performs large-scale drill

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 12, March 23, 2010

    Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital recently underwent a drill scenario in...

Symposium spotlight: Fredrick Roll will tell you how to better prepare for violence in the ED

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2010

    The emergency department (ED) acts as funnel into the rest of your hospital, making it a danger...

Consider these options for corpse storage during emergency response

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2010

    Joint Commission emergency management standard EM.02.02.11, element of performance 7, requires...

Nor’Easter pummels New England

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 11, March 16, 2010

    About 6,000 residents across Massachusetts were without power over the weekend after a storm with...

Members of emergency preparedness team honored for executing statewide drill

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 11, March 16, 2010

    Two employees of Providence Health & Services in San Fernando Valley, CA, were honored for...

Emergency Management Tip: Nurse firings during emergency response should trigger an HVA assessment on your end

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 11, March 16, 2010

    Have any of you been following the headlines regarding Washington (DC) Hospital Center firing a...

Tip of the week: Strive for adequate NIMS training -- and download a free checklist

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2010

    Here are some thoughts when it comes to training workers on the federal National Incident...

Mac’s Safety Space: Despite bigger influences, Joint Commission wants emergency prep to stem from staff’s abilities

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Symposium spotlight: Brad Keyes will teach you how to better apply ILSMs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2010

    We’re less than two months away from the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 6-7...

Emergency Management Tip: Embrace the ebb and flow of emergency management planning

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 10, March 9, 2010

    When it comes to Joint Commission emergency management strategies and your hazard vulnerability...

Use community planning tools to prepare for a pandemic

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 10, March 9, 2010

    After all of the attention devoted to pandemic preparedness this year, it seems most healthcare...

Hospitals prepare for dangers of spring

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 10, March 9, 2010

    The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has warned residents about the high potential for flooding...

Mac’s Safety Space: Embrace the ebb and flow of emergency management planning

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 9, March 3, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Emergency Management Tip: Local facilities could share cold storage

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 9, March 2, 2010

    Joint Commission emergency management standard EM.02.02.11, element of performance (EP) 7, requires...

AHRQ releases tool to select alternate care facility

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 9, March 2, 2010

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released a report on selecting and...

Involve Physicians in Your Hospital’s Disaster Plans

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 9, March 2, 2010

    One thing is clear when it comes to Joint Commission surveyors reviewing your disaster plans: If...

Hospital Safety Center March 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Top-cited standard reveals rift with clinical activities

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Like many healthcare facilities, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) was cited during its Joint...

Tip of the week: Feds release tool to select alternate care facilities

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2010

    The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released a report on selecting...

Attention vendors: Do you want to exhibit at the Hospital Safety Center Symposium?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2010

    The 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium is coming May 6-7, and we want to alert companies...

Emergency Management Tip: Don’t "over engineer" your EOP

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 8, February 23, 2010

    The degree of granularity you use in your emergency operations plan should be based on providing...

Beebe Medical Center shares its "snowmageddon" success story

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 8, February 23, 2010

    Beebe Medical Center shares its "snowmageddon" success story Beebe Medical Center in...

Power outage from plane crash forces hospitals to run on generators

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 8, February 23, 2010

    An early morning plane crash on Feb. 17th left Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard...

Mac’s Safety Space: Stick to required policies in your physical environment program

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 17, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Simplify community planning with HSEEP guidelines

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 17, 2010

    Whether it’s a biological attack, a natural disaster, or the large snowstorms currently...

Symposium spotlight: Joseph Cappiello will unravel disaster recovery strategies

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 17, 2010

    As we count down to the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 6-7, we want to highlight...

Simplify community planning with HSEEP guidelines

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 7, February 16, 2010

    Simplify community planning with HSEEP guidelines disaster, or even “Snowmageddon,&rdquo...

N.C. hospital suffers fuel spill after power "blip"

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 7, February 16, 2010

    Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, N.C., suffered a diesel fuel spill in the basement of the...

Despite snow, healthcare employees make it to work?with some help

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 7, February 16, 2010

    As the mid-Atlantic states suffered from two colossal snow storms within days of each other, many...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 16, 2010

    With many areas of the country experiencing winter weather that’s usually found in the...

Power plant explosion showcases CT hospital's emergency planning

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2010

    Sunday’s explosion of a power plant in Middletown, CT, is something safety committees should...

Free white paper details Joint Commission citations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2010

    The Hospital Safety Center has just posted a free special report called, “2010 Joint...

Emergency Management Tip: Restrict services during disaster

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 6, February 9, 2010

    During a disaster or shortly thereafter, you need to be prepared and knowledgeable about how to...

Connecticut power plant explosion sends dozen to hospitals

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 6, February 9, 2010

    An explosion at a natural-gas power plant in Middletown, CT, Sunday killed at least five people and...

D.C. hospital catches fire during record snowfall

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 6, February 9, 2010

    During the storm that brought record snow fall to the mid-Atlantic states, impassable roadways, and...

New this year: Attend the Hospital Safety Center Symposium virtually and save travel costs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2010

    For the first time, you and your colleagues will be able to attend the 4th Annual Hospital Safety...

Emergency Management Tip: Achieving Buy-in

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    Getting buy-in from your hospitals' senior leadership is the first step to ensure administrative...

Katrina wrongful death trial ends

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    A trial that was to potentially set a precedent for hospital's responsibilities for patients during...

Investigate federal waivers to help your H1N1 response

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Those of you involved with emergency planning for H1N1 should review a series of waivers from the...

Hospital Safety Center, February 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Katrina patient death case is settled before jurors can debate emergency planning aspect

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2010

    Fallout will likely be minimal for hospitals from a court case stemming from Hurricane Katrina...

Learn important EC and life safety interpretations at next week's audio conference

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2010

    Next Wednesday, February 3, join safety experts Steve MacArthur and Brad Keyes, CHSP, both from The...

Emergency Management Tip: Scaling up the security staff and resources

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 4, January 26, 2010

    When managing hazardous incidents, it's important to consider everything that will need to be done...

Florida hospitals on alert to receive Haitian patients

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 4, January 26, 2010

    Southern and Central Florida hospital have been put on alert for possible evacuees from Haiti...

Study evaluates drive-through examinations as a viable alternative during a pandemic

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 4, January 26, 2010

    Researchers at the Department of Surgery/Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford (CA) University...

Drive-through checkups could work during a pandemic

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 26, 2010

    Looks like you can add exams to the list of goods and services, like lattes and fast food, which...

Tip of the week: Disaster plans should anticipate community members’ needs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2010

    During a Christmas Eve blizzard, Norman (OK) Regional Hospital discovered reasons why emergency...

Study explores drive-through checkups during a pandemic

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2010

    Researchers from Stanford (CA) University School of Medicine have released a report that explores...

Emergency Management Tip: Planning for routine and altered standards of care

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 3, January 19, 2010

    During disasters, your hospital will still need to treat persons who arrive with everyday...

Experts worry that emergency conditions in Haiti will cause disease

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 3, January 19, 2010

    With lack of electricity and clean water, many experts are worried disease may become as much of a...

Haiti hospital reopens, despite severe lack of supplies

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 3, January 19, 2010

    Haiti's General Hospital, crippled by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that left thousands dead and...

Tip of the week: Follow this emergency generator-themed court case

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    Anyone involved with emergency planning or generators in hospitals will want to keep an eye on...

Widespread water main breaks test a MS hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    At least one hospital in Jackson, MS, was forced to institute emergency water plans after freezing...

Upcoming audio conference to explore important Joint Commission interpretations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    Given the rise in physical environment citations by surveyors, 2010 will be a critical year to...

Emergency Management Tip: Complete your HVA community profile

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 2, January 12, 2010

    Completing your hazard vulnerability assessment (HVA) profile is one step to completing your HVA...

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattles northern California

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 2, January 12, 2010

    Residents in Northern California felt a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on January 9, reports the Los...

California recalls N95s issued to healthcare workers

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 2, January 12, 2010

     Problems with securing proper fit-testing has forced California to recall N95 respirators...

Mac’s Safety Space: What’s your flu season story?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

California recalls certain N95 respirators issued from a state stockpile

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    In what could be an interesting development if it plays out across the country, California’s...

Make early plans to attend the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    Attendees to the upcoming 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium will take away the latest...

In 2009, social media played role in disaster management

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 1, January 5, 2010

    Social media site Twitter, which allows users to post 140-character updates to followers, gained...

Lawsuit over patient death may set precedent in hospital liability during emergency

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 1, January 5, 2010

    A number of lawsuits are keeping alive the debate on hospital liability in the event of emergencies...

Emergency Management Tip: Analyze vulnerabilities

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 1, January 5, 2010

    As one step to developing your hazard vulnerability analysis, make sure you analyze the...

GIS mapping technology strengthens emergency prep

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Many geographic information system (GIS) mapping systems are cheaply available to hospitals if...

Hospital Safety Center, January 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

What The Joint Commission, OSHA, and EPA have in store for the New Year

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 52, December 30, 2009

    As we close out 2009 today, let’s take a quick look at what’s coming in 2010 from some...

Hospital’s big move gives insight to logistics of evacuation

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 52, December 29, 2009

    In Denison, TX, Texoma Medical Center (TMC) is transferring all its patients into a new facility...

Emergency Management Tip: Joint Commission critical areas

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 52, December 29, 2009

    The Joint Commission has defined a number of critical areas for hospitals to manage during an...

Tip of the week: A differing opinion on posted evacuation maps

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2009

    We want to follow up on our tip from last week, in which we noted that there are no national...

Emergency preparedness report says pandemic response has improved

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 51, December 22, 2009

    A December 15, 2009 national report entitled Ready or Not? Protecting The Public’s Health...

Emergency Management Tip: A qualified emergency management coordinator

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 51, December 22, 2009

    Emergency management coordinators (EMC) don't appear out of thin air. Nor is EMC an entry-level...

Major snow storms slam much of the country

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 51, December 22, 2009

    A snow storm crept up the Eastern coast over the weekend, prompting an emergency declaration in the...

Emergency Management Tip: Include vendors in EM drills

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 50, December 15, 2009

     It's a good practice to encourage vendors in your contingency plans to participate in your...

CT hospital keeps visitor restrictions after H1N1 infection rates drop

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 50, December 15, 2009

    Bristol (CT) Hospital, which in October banned all visitors under age 18, is keeping its new...

Wisconsin blizzard causes slippery roads, numerous accidents

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 50, December 15, 2009

    Wisconsin saw heavy snow and high winds on Wednesday from Blizzard Allison, reports the local Fox...

Emergency Management Tip: Perimeter and crowd control

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 49, December 8, 2009

    A large event can result in a surge of casualties, so crowd control measures are critical. As soon...

Disaster plans and IT

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 49, December 8, 2009

    Most hospitals prepare their clinicians on what to do during a disaster. But what if the hospital's...

Some states see declining H1N1 rates

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 49, December 8, 2009

    Hospitals in Massachusetts are seeing a decline in patients with H1N1 flu symptoms, reports the...

Survey monitor: Emergency management de-emphasized in Texas survey

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    The Joint Commission’s survey at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler continued what appears to...

Hospital Safety Center, December 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Emergency Management Tip: Assessing your water utilities

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 48, December 1, 2009

     Hospitals need water for consumption, essential care activities, equipment, and sanitary...

NY gamers will receive emergency terrorist warnings

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 48, December 1, 2009

    New York state authorities have a plan in the works to use a video game system to disseminate...

Nevada combines offices, simplifies emergency management

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 48, December 1, 2009

    The Nevada state government has unified its homeland security and emergency management functions...

Emergency Management Tip: Securing grants

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 47, November 24, 2009

    Grants are a tremendous resource to help you purchase disaster equipment and support training and...

Southeast Michigan hospitals prepare for flu

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 47, November 24, 2009

    With a rise in patients with flu symptoms and a warning from the Centers for Disease Control and...

AHRQ develops tools for choosing alternate care sites

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 47, November 24, 2009

    The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ...

Emergency Management Tip: Transportation during disasters

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 46, November 17, 2009

    Because fuel becomes a precious commodity in a disaster, identify what contingencies are in place...

Emergency declared for New Jersey coast

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 46, November 17, 2009

    New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine declared a state of emergency for Cumberland County due to last week's...

Michigan community launches text message alert system

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 46, November 17, 2009

    Lansing, MI, will soon offer information during emergencies and disasters via text message...

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

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 11, 2009

    When performing emergency management exercises under Joint Commission requirements, EM.03.01.03...

Infectious disease groups appeal to Obama to pull back on N95 enforcement

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 11, 2009

    Three infectious disease professional associations have written to President Obama, asking him to...

Emergency Management Tip: Advice for the new emergency management coordinator

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 45, November 10, 2009

    If you are new to the role of emergency management, don't assume that there will be someone to...

Alert system to be installed in Southeastern rural areas

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 45, November 10, 2009

    The Alabama Emergency Management Agency has announced they may be potentially hiring Global...

After Fort Hood shootings, Twitter proves useful for one hospital

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 45, November 10, 2009

    Thursday’s shootings at Fort Hood, TX, let one facility rev up its Twitter presence with...

Mac’s Safety Space: Be wary about using fire drills as emergency management tests

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 45, November 4, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Take our anonymous Joint Commission poll; results to be published in free report

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 45, November 4, 2009

    If your hospital underwent a Joint Commission survey in 2009, we want to hear from you about how...

Oregon hospitals tighten visitation policies to curb H1N1

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 44, November 3, 2009

    Hospitals in Oregon, along with many other hospitals across the country, are tightening their...

Tornadoes, storms hit parts of Louisiana, Arkansas

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 44, November 3, 2009

    Violent thunderstorms and tornadoes hit Northwestern Louisiana and neighboring Arkansas Thursday...

Emergency Management Tip: Use electronic tracking to follow patients

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 44, November 3, 2009

    An electronic system is the best way to store patient tracking information and share it with your...

Survey monitor: Surveyors zoom in on testing and a locked egress door

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    During this Joint Commission visit, surveyors looked at glucometers in a lab, air-handler test...

A drill reveals lessons on evacuating cancer patients

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    The principle of pushing an exercise to the breaking point often comes up in terms of healthcare...

Hospital Safety Center, November 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Mac’s Safety Space: OSHA raises the stakes in the N95 respirator debate

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 44, October 28, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Emergency Management Tip: Contingency plans and vendor agreements

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 43, October 27, 2009

    As you develop contingency plans, you will need to have several Memorandums of Understanding (MOU...

California taps into cache of N95 respirators

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 43, October 27, 2009

     To help prevent healthcare workers against the H1N1 virus, California state officials are...

Obama declares H1N1 flu national emergency

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 43, October 27, 2009

    President Obama has declared the H1N1 outbreak a national emergency, according to the New York...

Download 80 customizable paper patients for just $99

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    As part of HCPro’s new Emergency Preparedness Solutions series, you can now download 80...

The CDC reaffirms N95s for healthcare worker protection against H1N1

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    As we first reported last week on our Twitter account and in Mac’s Safety Space, the Centers...

Emergency Management Tip: Proactive approaches to your HVA

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 42, October 20, 2009

    Emergency Management Tip: Proactive approaches to your HVA A hospital should review their hazard...

UCLA receives CDC grant for emergency preparedness research

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 42, October 20, 2009

    The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health has received a $4.8...

Ohio hospitals urge for officials to drop N95 respirator mask requirement

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 42, October 20, 2009

    The Ohio Hospital Association is asking the Ohio Health Department to relax guidelines on N95...

Former Joint Commission VP among those appearing at our one-day emergency management workshop

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 42, October 13, 2009

    Get help analyzing your hospital’s disaster plans while also bolstering your professional...

Quarantine rules clarified in MA

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 41, October 13, 2009

    Last week the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a law 113-36 that updates emergency...

Obama surveys post-Katrina New Orleans

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 41, October 13, 2009

    President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit New Orleans on Thursday to evaluate the city’s...

Emergency management tip: Review your communications

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 41, October 13, 2009

    Communication duties for hospital emergency management coordinators involve keeping a large group...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, October 13, 2009

    Should states have the power to quarantine individuals who refuse flu vaccinations during health...

H1N1 planning: Know when to open your emergency operations center

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 11, October 8, 2009

    As hospitals gear up for what could be the biggest influenza pandemic in a century, they must...

Tip of the week: Learn your state’s estimated bed capacity overrun during this H1N1 outbreak

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 7, 2009

    A new report from nonprofit organization Trust for America’s Health concludes that 15 states...

Still time to register for our special one-day emergency management conference in Atlanta

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 7, 2009

    During HCPro’s Emergency Management Coordinator’s Workshop, which takes place October...

Emergency Management Tip: Evacuation training

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    The emergency management coordinator typically coordinates training and exercises for emergency...

Second Life aides disaster preparedness at Chicago hospital

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    Second Life, a software program through which people use avatars to create a lifelike virtual world...

U.S. launches H1N1 vaccine administration

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    Healthcare workers in some states will receive their first dose of the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine this...

Make a place for chaplains in your disaster prep plan

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    In the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS), there is not a specific job action sheet for...

Hospital Safety Center, October 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Georgia governor asks for emergency disaster declaration

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 39, September 29, 2009

    After a week's worth of heavy flooding, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is asked President Barack Obama...

Medical Center sends flu patients to separate makeshift ER

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 39, September 29, 2009

    MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland has decided to use an indoor plastic tent to treat patients...

Mac’s Safety Space: Most of you are well prepared for disaster response, but there’s always the unpredictable event

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 39, September 23, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Improved technology helps, but doesn't solve, potential problems from hurricanes in Carolinas

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 38, September 22, 2009

    Since Hurricane Hugo hit the Carolinas in 1989, emergency response operations and technology has...

South Jersey Healthcare’s hazmat team an example of preparedness

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 38, September 22, 2009

    FireEngineering.com has highlighted South Jersey Healthcare's preparedness plan when it comes to...

Georgia storm closes roads, schools

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 38, September 22, 2009

     Roads have been shut down and electricity has been knocked out in northern Georgia after...

Hospitals prepare for G-20 summit in Pittsburgh

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 37, September 15, 2009

    Pittsburgh-region hospitals are preparing for the city to host the G-20 summit, which hosts leaders...

After 9/11, communications still a focus for VA emergency response

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 37, September 15, 2009

    During the 9/11 attacks, emergency workers at the Pentagon in Arlington County and the World Trade...

PA hospital limiting visitation for children

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 37, September 15, 2009

    The Danville (PA) Regional Medical Center (DRMC) has limited hospital visitation to visitors 12...

Tip of the week: Take our H1N1 vaccine poll

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 37, September 9, 2009

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put healthcare workers who have contact with...

Emergency Management Tip: Contingency plans for heating and cooling systems

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 36, September 8, 2009

    Emergency Management Tip: Contingency Plans for Heating and Cooling Systems Heating and cooling...

Missoula Hospital uses new product to move patients easily in emergenciesMissoula Hospital uses new product to move patients easily in emergencies

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 36, September 8, 2009

    Missoula Hospital uses new product to move patients easily in emergencies In preparation for...

Memorial Medical Center staff members faced tough decisions during Katrina

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 36, September 8, 2009

    Memorial Medical Center staff members faced tough decisions during Katrina Hurricane Katrina has...

Emergency slide provides quick fire escape

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 36, September 3, 2009

    This week the two major hospitals in Missoula, MT, tested new emergency equipment that could be...

California hospitals seek exemption from earthquake standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 36, September 3, 2009

    Hospitals in California that are struggling financially are asking the state back off from...

Create a surge plan by working with clinical support

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 36, September 3, 2009

    The emergency management coordinator can advance the development of a hospital surge plan to...

Food plant explosion tests burn center’s surge plan

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    For University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals in Chapel Hill, a previous industrial accident...

Hospital Safety Center, September 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Hurricane Gustav serves as lesson for locals

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 35, September 1, 2009

    Terrebonne Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness in Houma, LA has learned some lessons about...

Some hospitals make flu vaccinations mandatory

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 35, September 1, 2009

    West Virginia's largest hospital, Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) is requiring its 6,000...

National Preparedness Month prompts Americans to prepare, volunteer, for emergencies

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 35, September 1, 2009

    September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is...

Mac’s Safety Space: Hospital fire reveals several truths about emergency preparedness

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 35, August 26, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Hospital Safety Center Symposium sessions now available as $99 audio recordings

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 35, August 26, 2009

    Those of you who were unable to attend our 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium in May can...

Feds urge businesses to plan now for flu season

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 25, 2009

    Shot, hand, and home are the keywords of the federal guidelines for employer preparation for the...

CT city finds flaws in emergency plans after Hurricane Bill prep

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 34, August 25, 2009

    After emergency management officials in Norwich, CT, met to prepare for Hurricane Bill, officials...

17 people collapse on MD high school football field

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 34, August 25, 2009

    Less than two hours into a high school football practice, 14 players and three coaches collapsed at...

Lessons learned from CT hospital fire

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 34, August 25, 2009

    The flames that ensued after a basement transformers caught fire on August 11 in Lawrence &...

Tip of the week: Pay attention to required annual reviews in emergency management

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    The Joint Commission encourages you to look at your facility’s emergency management plans as...

Emergency management field not prepared to help disabled in disaster, report finds

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 33, August 18, 2009

    A recent report from the National Council on Disability has found that many emergency managers are...

Generator fire causes hospital to relocate patients

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 33, August 18, 2009

    Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, CT has reopened its emergency room after a fire...

Tip of the week: An informal assignment from The Joint Commission

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 33, August 12, 2009

    A Joint Commission official assigned all attendees of the American Society for Healthcare...

H1N1: Nurses protest in CA, while regulators push mandatory vaccine in NY

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 33, August 12, 2009

    Controversy is swirling this month around protection measures for healthcare workers from the H1N1...

We’re now on Twitter covering hospital safety concerns

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 33, August 12, 2009

    If you’re a fan of Twitter or need a good excuse to check it out, Hospital Safety Connection...

More than 100 people treated after MA waste station inundated with fumes

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 32, August 11, 2009

    Emergency responders across the state came to aid employees at ABC Disposal, Inc. on August 3...

FEMA administrator stops using Twitter after taking new position

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 32, August 11, 2009

    Newly appointed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Craig Fugate has left his...

CDC offers new tool to estimate medical needs of displaced persons in disaster

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 32, August 11, 2009

    Public health preparedness planners at local, state, and federal levels have a new tool to estimate...

Gas leak sends more than 100 to the hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 6, 2009

    A gas leak at ABC Disposal Inc., a trash transfer station in New Bedford, MA, sent 119 sickened...

You aren't mandated to develop departmental disaster plans

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 6, 2009

    There is no Joint Commission requirement for you to have department-level emergency management...

Hospital safety measures contain chemical leak

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 6, 2009

    Firefighters responded to a chemical leak inside Clarkson Hospital at the Nebraska Medical Center...

Live blogging from ASHE conference

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 6, 2009

    Scott Wallask is at the ASHE conference in Anaheim and he’s blogging about some of the...

Texas plant explosion sends dozens to hospitals

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 31, August 4, 2009

    An explosion in a Bryan, TX chemical plant forced thousands of people to evacuate from their homes...

Tennessee storms cause outages, damage

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 31, August 4, 2009

    Storms swept the western Tennessee region Thursday, causing power outages, reports the Jackson Sun...

Homeland Security says more prep needed for pandemic response

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 31, August 4, 2009

    At a House Homeland Security committee hearing, experts said that there are gaps in the nation's...

Survey monitor: HVA and other disaster preparations receive scrutiny

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    The Joint Commission’s 2009 life safety and emergency management chapters have proven to be...

Emergency management: Report urges you to prep for more HSEEP influence

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    It may pay to stay familiar with developments in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation...

Tip of the week: Keep an eye out for those who want to give back

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 31, July 29, 2009

    We read an interesting story about how the recession can in fact bolster emergency planning efforts.

DHS considers change to terror scale

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 30, July 28, 2009

    The multi-colored terror alert system created after the 9/11 attacks is now under review, according...

HHS increases funding to prepare for potential H1N1 virus outbreak

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 30, July 28, 2009

    Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that the department will...

Tip of the week: Follow the paperwork for industrial chemical use

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 30, July 22, 2009

    Ever wonder which hazardous chemicals are being stored by industrial plants in your...

Upcoming events will educate you about life safety and emergency management

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 30, July 22, 2009

    HCPro has two brand new seminars coming up in the fall that you’ll want to check out:

CDC lists top 10 flu steps for medical practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 21, 2009

    What medical practices experienced this past spring with influenza pandemic may be nothing compared...

Connecticut hospitals prepare for swine flu, ice storm

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 29, July 21, 2009

    Hartford County hospitals and emergency planners in Connecticut are conducting a drill to test...

FEMA says neighborly assistance should be first resource in disaster

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 29, July 21, 2009

    Rather than wait for government assistance, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says...

Report urges you to prepare for more HSEEP influence

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 29, July 15, 2009

    It may pay to stay familiar with developments in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation...

Many states still wary of H1N1 virus

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    Hawaii now has 616 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, reports the Honolulu Advertiser, an increase...

Are the nation’s hospitals ready for disaster?

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    Experts are worrying that long emergency room wait times and lack of local disaster planning...

Homeland Security Training Center for Disaster Preparedness holds training

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    Hospital and public health emergency responders recently underwent training at the Homeland...

Emergency response to D.C.’s Metro crash showed increase preparedness

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    Within minutes of the accident involving Washington D.C.'s red Metro line, emergency vehicles...

CDC offers flu guidance for general workplaces

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    Recognizing that employers play a significant role in helping to prevent flu transmission in the...

Tip of the week: Follow-up ideas about duct tape on decon suits

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 26, June 24, 2009

    A couple of weeks back, we wrote about how useful it is to stick a piece of duct tape on the back...

Pressure on vendors helps determine pandemic supply levels

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 25, June 23, 2009

    The recent H1N1 flu virus outbreak was a test for many hospitals to obtain adequate levels of...

FEMA tells Rhode Island to be better prepared for hurricane

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 25, June 23, 2009

    The New England office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has warned about 200 Rhode...

University of Wisconsin Hospital completes largest mass casualty drill in state history

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 24, June 23, 2009

    The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics has successful completed a wide-scale emergency...

Tip of the week: Get outsiders involved in drills

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 25, June 17, 2009

    We read about some interesting participants in a hospital disaster drill last week: construction...

Construction crew exposed to small amount of mercury at a hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 25, June 17, 2009

    A trio of construction workers at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Medical Center got a surprise when a...

H1N1 preparedness varies throughout country

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 23, June 16, 2009

    New York City's health commissioner Thomas Farley, MD, has announced that a more serious strain of...

New Jersey lawmakers aim to improve state’s storm preparedness

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 23, June 16, 2009

    Lawmakers in New Jersey have voiced support for a bill that aims to keep New Jersey well prepared...

Experts urge seasonal immunization of children

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 24, June 16, 2009

    With a second wave of H1N1 influenza virus expected this winter, some experts are warning that...

Q&A: Terrorist attacks and OSHA violations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 16, 2009

    Q: This may appear to be a weird question, but would OSHA fine a business for worker injuries from...

Tip of the week: My name’s on the back

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 24, June 10, 2009

    An online news story about an upcoming regional disaster drill--complete with a file photo of...

HCPro takes honors for its emergency management DVD

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 24, June 10, 2009

    We’re thrilled to announce that HCPro has won an international award for our emergency...

Computer disaster simulation can help hospitals

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 23, June 9, 2009

    A study by the American Medical Association's Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness...

National Weather Service offers new hurricane information

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 23, June 9, 2009

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service hurricane center has...

Social media used widely during flooding in Fargo, ND

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 23, June 9, 2009

    When floods in March 2009 left Innovis Health the only open health system in Fargo, ND, the system...

Mac’s Safety Space: Developing emergency management bench strength

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 23, June 3, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Federal hospital emergency preparedness funding decreases

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 22, June 2, 2009

    Many local health departments are concerned that less federal funding will lower the ability to...

Technology key to minimize effects of disaster

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 22, June 2, 2009

    Technology could be a life saver during a disaster, or at least help to minimize its effects, Lt...

Kentucky area still waiting for FEMA

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 22, June 2, 2009

    After tornados, floods, and mudslides hit eastern Kentucky three weeks ago, residents and emergency...

Know you morgue's limits, then prepare for an overflow

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Under Joint Commission standard EM.02.02.11, there is a brief mention of managing mortuary services...

Guard your turf during community responses on-site

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    February 12 started as a routine day in San Jose, CA, at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center...

Nine cost-cutting pointers for belt-tightened times

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    On the surface, it would appear that trimming hospital budgets would have a negative effect on...

Briefings on Hospital Safety, June 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Swine flu vaccine developments look promising

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 27, 2009

    Experts at the CDC say that progress has been made toward developing vaccine for influenza A H1N1...

Explosion at WV energy plant tests local hospital’s hazmat preparation

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 21, May 26, 2009

    An explosion at a Wetzel County (WV) energy company injured five men with liquid and aerosol forms...

Director of HWEPC: Public health at risk

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 21, May 26, 2009

    Darrell Henry, executive director of the Healthcare Waste and Emergency Preparedness Coalition...

CDC investigates H1N1 flu cases after Chicago hospital declares code yellow disaster

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 21, May 26, 2009

    A total of 300 H1N1 flu cases have been confirmed in Chicago, prompting the Centers for Disease...

Symposium coverage: Connecting the lines between NIMS and The Joint Commission

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 21, May 20, 2009

    A hearty thanks to all of you who attended the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium last...

FEMA announces new, safer trailers ready

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    After thousands of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mobile homes used to house homeless...

New York City rehearses terrorist strike

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    Hundreds of emergency personnel participated in a large-scale security exercise in lower Manhattan...

Emergency management witnesses back efforts for an independent FEMA

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    During a recent hearing on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), emergency management...

OSHA will enforce pandemic-related regulations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    Strained resources and lack of supplies won’t get you a pass from OSHA regulations during an...

OSHA updates pandemic influenza resources

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    In response to the influenza A (H1N1) outbreak OSHA has added or updated documents appearing on its...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    Should OSHA continue stringent enforcement during a pandemic? This week's OSHA Healthcare Advisor...

SPECIAL EDITION: Coverage from the Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 20, May 14, 2009

    Hospital actions in response to the H1N1 swine flu outbreak served as a "good dress...

Tip of the week: Double-check your hazard vulnerability analysis, says Joint Commission engineer

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    Some hospitals have received citations this year during their Joint Commission surveys because...

AHRQ addresses special needs of pediatric units during public health emergencies

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 18, May 12, 2009

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a monograph addressing how...

Nationwide, H1N1 tests hospitals’ emergency response

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    Health officials in San Diego Count y have begun the preparation for a potential resurgence of the...

Emergency prep will be a prime piece of next week’s Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2009

    No doubt H1N1 swine flu preparation efforts will be on the minds of attendees to our 3rd Annual...

Swine flu fears increase patient load

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    Amid scares that the influenza A (H1N1), swine flu, cases were accumulating throughout the nation...

Hurricane warning system needs update

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) urged forecasters and federal, state, and local emergency...

California relaxes swine flu respirator rules

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    Perhaps lost in the avalanche of swine flu, or influenza A (H1N1), information posted by federal...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    Do you think the recent swine flu outbreaks should invoke legitimate fear, or are they much ado...

Briefings on Hospital Safety May 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Battle-tested hospitals offer 12 pointers to beef up EOPs

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Safety managers in New England and Kentucky were among the most recent to learn how well their...

Hospital proves its 96-hour mettle in emergency plans

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Hurricane Ike displaced a lot of people and changed a lot of plans, including Huntsville (TX...

Nurses’ union pact aids emergency preparedness efforts

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    The Minnesota Nurses Association and Allina Hospitals & Clinics came to terms on an interesting...

Despite swine flu tensions, useful ideas abound at hospitals

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 17, April 30, 2009

    It’s likely that every hospital in the country is discussing what to do if swine flu...

Two weeks and counting until the Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 17, April 30, 2009

    We’re just 14 days away from the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium, which takes...

Mac's Safety Space: Don't wing it with family support during an emergency

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 17, April 30, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Tip of the week: National preparedness is the next step

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 17, April 30, 2009

    The Center of Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center says that although...

Hospitals prepare for swine flu outbreak

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    After cases of swine flu in Mexico and the U.S. became more prevalent over the weekend, civilian...

U.S. hospitals preparedness improving, but not perfect

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    A new report from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Biosecurity found...

New FEMA head promises higher standards

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    Newly appointed FEMA head Craig Fugate told senators at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday that...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    A report by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations claims that...

Mac’s Safety Space: How to start communicating with other hospitals under EM.02.02.01

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 16, April 22, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Symposium spotlight: Joseph Cappiello and Marge McFarlane will analyze disaster planning strategies

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 16, April 22, 2009

    The overlap among various emergency planning approaches will be at the heart of the closing session...

Mac’s Safety Space: With emergency inventory planning, don’t just focus on the numbers

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 15, April 15, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Tip of the week: Review NIOSH’s recommendations for respirator use during biological incidents

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2009

    For those of you involved with emergency planning for potential biological weapons and agents, the...

Helicopter exhaust fumes result in fine for L.A. hospital

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    State health inspectors have fined a Los Angeles hospital for violating state workplace rules...

Florida hospital in lockdown after envelopes with white powder found

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 24, April 7, 2009

    Law enforcement officers responded to the Florida Hospital Heartland Division in Sebring April 2...

ND hospitals evacuate during flooding

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 13, April 2, 2009

    MeritCare facilities in Fargo-Moorhead, ND reopened on April 1, after evacuating 180 patients days...

Mercury spill in operating room

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 13, April 2, 2009

    Sun Health Boswell Hospital in Sun City, AZ experienced a brief scare on March 21, after 22 to 30...

Tip of the week: Strengthen your EOP

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 13, April 2, 2009

    Managing emergencies was a problematic Joint Commission standard in surveyed critical access...

Fargo, ND facilities evacuate patients in preparation for record flooding

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 13, March 31, 2009

    The MeritCare Health System began the evacuation of 180 patients from its facilities in Fargo, ND...

Chimney collapse results in hospital evacuation

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 13, March 31, 2009

    The noise was so loud when part of a 40-foot chimney collapsed March 22 at the Adirondack Medical...

Critical access hospitals struggle with emergency management standard

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 13, March 31, 2009

    Managing emergencies was a problematic Joint Commission standard in surveyed critical access...

Chimney collapse results in hospital evacuation

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 12, March 26, 2009

    The noise was so loud when part of a 40-foot chimney collapsed March 22 at the Adirondack Medical...

A new credential for emergency professionals

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 12, March 24, 2009

    There’s a new credential that disaster response and emergency management (EM) professionals...

Louisiana hospitals and nursing homes get money for generators

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 12, March 24, 2009

    The state of Louisiana plans to launch a $31 million program to help hospitals and nursing homes...

Should FEMA stay where it is?

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 12, March 24, 2009

    On March 17, a House Homeland Security Committee panel heard arguments about whether it makes sense...

Tip of the week: Monitor resources to avoid an emergency management hotspot

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 18, 2009

    Joint Commission standard EM.02.02.03, element of performance 6, requires that an emergency...

Monitoring resources is an emergency management hotspot

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 11, March 17, 2009

    Joint Commission standard EM.02.02.03, Element of Performance (EP) 6, requires that a...

New tool to help hospitals prepare for influx of pediatric patients

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 11, March 17, 2009

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a tool to help hospitals prepare to...

Ambulance design could increase safety for emergency responders

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 11, March 17, 2009

    A study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recognizes the hazards...

Tip of the week: Katie Couric, step up for your shot

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 11, 2009

    Many of you involved with emergency preparation are familiar with the idea of identifying critical...

Take a look at what's new online at the Hospital Safety Center

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 11, 2009

    We’ve uploaded great new content to the Hospital Safety Center...

Chemical fumes force 500 to evacuate part of a hospital campus

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 11, 2009

    National Jewish Health in Denver evacuated about 500 staff members and students on Monday after a...

Florida’s top EM boss picked to head FEMA

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 10, March 10, 2009

    Craig Fugate, the top emergency response official in Florida, has been nominated by President...

Obama cabinet members check Gulf Coast recovery

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 10, March 10, 2009

    One of Craig Fugate’s first tasks as FEMA head was to join Homeland Security Director Janet...

"Pop-up" hospital in Pennsylvania ready for emergencies

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 10, March 10, 2009

    In the event of a large-scale emergency, volunteers could have a mobile hospital running anywhere...

Recommendations for a system for tracking patients in evacuation

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 9, March 3, 2009

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has posted a new report on recommendations for a...

Symposium speaker will help you improve emergency preparation with your community

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 9, March 3, 2009

    An important presentation at the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 14-15 at Caesars...

Homeland security tool can help critique disaster drills

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    Figuring out disaster drills—what kind of exercises to do and determining their...

Drill for scenarios in which someone brandishes a gun

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    When someone brandishes a gun in a hospital, there are several keys to avoiding injuries and deaths.

Tip of the week: Communication methods during an emergency go beyond satellite phones and text messaging

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 8, February 25, 2009

    You often hear about the need to have redundant communication strategies for a community...

Symposium spotlight: Joseph Cappiello will help you improve emergency preparation with your community

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 8, February 25, 2009

    An important presentation at the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 14-15 at Caesars...

The Joint Commission updates Survey Activity Guide

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 8, February 24, 2009

    Two weeks ago we told you about how the Joint Commission’s internal Surveyor Survey Activity...

Decontaminating EMS/firefighter equipment

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 8, February 24, 2009

    There are specific protocols for cleaning medical staff equipment such as personal protective...

CDC releases new preparedness resource

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 8, February 24, 2009

    On February 11, the CDC launched a new resource center for emergency preparedness and response.

The Joint Commission updates its public Survey Activity Guide

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 18, 2009

    Two weeks ago we told you how The Joint Commission’s internal Surveyor Survey Activity Guide...

Nurses union and healthcare facilities forge emergency preparedness agreement

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 7, February 17, 2009

    One problem emergency management directors face is guaranteeing enough staff will come to work in...

Washington hospitals adopting consistent emergency codes

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 7, February 17, 2009

    Hospitals in Washington state are adopting new communication safety measures so that no matter what...

Alberta faces emergency from falling space junk

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 7, February 17, 2009

    Here’s one crisis few emergency management plans likely address—the threat from falling...

Free hospital safety audio conference is now archived online

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2009

    A free online recording is now available of HCPro’s popular audio conference, “Hospital...

Accused Katrina physician seeks reimbursement of her legal fees

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2009

    A physician who was accused, but never convicted, of euthanizing patients at a New Orleans hospital...

Australian hospitals treating burn victims

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 6, February 10, 2009

    The deadliest-ever wildfires in southeastern Australia are testing Melbourne hospitals after at...

Emergency center useless in ice storm

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 6, February 10, 2009

    The importance of having enough generator power in an emergency was a lesson brought home by one...

EC tracer is now part of formal survey agenda, says internal Joint Commission guide

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 6, February 10, 2009

    An internal guide given to surveyors by The Joint Commission indicates that environment of care...

Mac’s Safety Space: If your emergency prep is good, don’t sweat Joint Commission survey guide changes

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, February 4, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

EC tracer is now part of formal survey agenda, says internal Joint Commission guide

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, February 4, 2009

    As we first reported in Mac’s Safety Space on Tuesday, an internal guide given to surveyors...

December ice storm leads to interest in ham radio

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 5, February 3, 2009

    An infamous ice storm that hit areas of New England in December is being credited with generating...

Heavy snow cripples London, creates surge at hospitals

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 5, February 3, 2009

    The United States isn’t the only country where winter weather has taken its toll. Heavy snow...

Our final prize drawing is for HCPro's emergency management DVD

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 28, 2009

    As we wrap up our month-long celebration of Hospital Safety Connection’s 10th year, we want...

Metro Milwaukee residents unprepared for disaster

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee recently surveyed more than 1,800...

CDC offers insight to revised Field Triage Guidelines

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report with guidelines...

In disasters, prepare for a possible surge of late-arriving victims

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    Despite the fact there were few injuries, and fortunately no deaths, the Hudson River plane crash...

Tip of the week: Anticipate late-arriving victims following large crashes

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 21, 2009

    Last week’s plane crash into the Hudson River in New York City provided a call to action to...

Mac’s Safety Space: New Joint Commission FAQs should prompt a critical review

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 21, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

D.C. area hospitals prepare for inauguration surge

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 3, January 20, 2009

    Hospitals in Prince William County, VA have been preparing for the last month, with expectations...

Maryland lacks preparedness for a disaster

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 3, January 20, 2009

    James Lee Witt Associates, a crisis-management and preparedness-service firm in Washington D.C...

Ohio hospital successfully evacuates babies during flood

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 3, January 20, 2009

    A frozen water pipe that burst at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, OH, sent staff into...

Tip of the week: Inauguration offers all hospital a chance to review emergency plans

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 14, 2009

    Though any other city outside of Washington, D.C., will probably never host a presidential...

Mac’s Safety Space: Question yourself about inventories under EM.01.01.01

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 14, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Power failure puts home life support patients in jeopardy

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 2, January 13, 2009

    Power outages usually mean a period of discomfort for most people. But for those on home medical...

Inauguration forces hospitals to stock up

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 2, January 13, 2009

    Although the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama likely won’t be classified as a...

Flooding in Washington blamed on global warming

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 2, January 13, 2009

    Last weeks’ flooding in Washington state is potentially not so natural. Experts say the...

Power outage worries Hawaii dialysis patients

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 1, January 6, 2009

    Although most of the news surrounding power outages in Hawaii nearly two weeks ago focused on...

Alabama residents receive free emergency radios

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 1, January 6, 2009

    As part of a program to organize better lines of communication during a disaster, residents in six...

Military to assist with future natural disasters

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 1, January 6, 2009

    The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is planning to use an unlikely source to provide more...

Hospital finds life safety, disaster prep reviews helpful

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Atlantic City, NJ, may be known for its casinos, but Larry Sweeney—AtlantiCare’s...

Ring in 2009 with a better emergency preparedness plan

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    As of January 1, 2009, The Joint Commission will break out emergency management into its own...

Study looks at chlorine gas disaster

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 50, December 30, 2008

    A new study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine delivers important insight into...

FEMA releases revised NIMS

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 50, December 30, 2008

    On December 18, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released an updated edition of the...

New Jersey tries out new communication system

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 50, December 30, 2008

    Burlington County, NJ, has begun using a new, more comprehensive communications system, which...

New tool assists in mass evacuation planning

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 49, December 23, 2008

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released an online tool that will assist...

Study shows where natural disasters hit hardest

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 49, December 23, 2008

    A study conducted by University of South Carolina’s Hazards and Vulnerability Research...

HHS releases guidelines for stockpiling antiviral drugs

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 49, December 23, 2008

    It’s been widely recognized that stockpiling drugs is one of the chief concerns in mitigating...

Budget cuts threaten emergency preparedness programs

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 48, December 16, 2008

    As if you haven’t heard enough about the economy forcing businesses around the country to...

Emergency care in the U.S. get's near failing grade

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 48, December 16, 2008

    Remember getting that middle school report card that you were just dreading to show your...

Fight for FEMA aid resumes at Katrina ravaged hospital

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 48, December 16, 2008

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has agreed to pay $150 million for hurricane-related...

New evacuation method for immobile patients

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 47, December 9, 2008

     Hospitals in Tulsa, OK are practicing a new way to evacuate patients who can’t walk...

Microsoft research project could aid disaster communication

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 47, December 9, 2008

    One of the biggest hurdles during a major disaster is coordination and communication between all...

Illinois releases preparedness guide for those with disabilities

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 47, December 9, 2008

    The state of Illinois has released a comprehensive disaster preparedness guidebook for senior...

Maryland ambulance crews hesitant to use helicopters

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 46, December 2, 2008

    Since a September 28 medical helicopter crash in Prince George County, MD, killed four people...

Hospital shooting leaves one dead

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 46, December 2, 2008

    Typically a hospital is the scene after the crime, but last week, an Alaska hospital quickly became...

"Google Flu Trends" could help with preparation

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 46, December 2, 2008

    You probably use the Google search engine at least every day. But did you ever think that Google...

What is your facility's vaccination rate?

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 46, December 2, 2008

    Every Monday, OSHA Healthcare Advisor will post a new question on a broad range of subjects. This...

Ten tips to prepare for a surge in pediatric patients

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Research showing how well hospitals nationwide are equipped to handle disasters affecting children...

Specialty hospital recovers after document slipups

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    SIR doesn’t have everything in common with large, acute care hospitals. The facility...

Hospitals live through Ike and Gustav and tell you what they learned about emergency preparations

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    When Hurricanes Gustav and Ike respectively slammed southwest Louisiana and east Texas in late...

Study shows Midwestern earthquake could cause significant damage

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 45, November 25, 2008

    Never mind California, the Midwest is next in line for serious earthquake damage, according to a...

Emergency management planning for nursing homes

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 45, November 25, 2008

    In light of the recent earthquakes and wildfires in California, more emphasis has been placed on...

Boston attempts to track flu vaccinations

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 45, November 25, 2008

    Beginning last week, Boston became one of the first cities in the country to implement a system...

Update: California hospital loses power

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 45, November 25, 2008

    Last week, you may have read an article in this publication about a fire at Olive View-UCLA Medial...

Medical center quick to react to an odd potential mercury exposure

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, November 19, 2008

    Workers at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise, ID, dealt with an unusual mercury threat last...

Wildfires and total power loss test a California hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, November 19, 2008

    Wildfires that have been raging in Southern California created problems for Olive View-UCLA Medical...

Largest earthquake drill prepares California

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 44, November 18, 2008

    One of the largest earthquakes ever hit California last Thursday, and nobody felt a...

Inflatable tents provide quick, safe mobile medical centers

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 44, November 18, 2008

    Forget water, just add air.   That’s the new procedure for the inflatable mobile...

Hurricane-damaged hospital plans to lay off 3,800 employees

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 44, November 18, 2008

    The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston announced plans to lay off 3,800 employees...

New "dirty bomb"sensors in D.C. hospital

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 43, November 11, 2008

    With increased awareness being placed on biological attacks, a private Washington D.C hospital has...

DHS increases emergency preparedness funding

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 43, November 11, 2008

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released its plan for fiscal year 2009, which...

Defense Science Board releases bioterrorism priorities for Obama administration

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 43, November 11, 2008

    The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) wasted no time adding to the list of priorities for...

Tip of the week: Let TV play a role in your emergency management exercises

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 5, 2008

    We recently read about a disaster drill that utilized a component others might want to consider:

Observe an upcoming change in fuel requirements for EM.02.02.09

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 5, 2008

    As you fine-tune your emergency operations plans, note a slight change in wording that will aid you...

Tip of the Week: Check out OSHA Healthcare Advisor

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 42, November 4, 2008

    Have you heard about my new blog dealing with OSHA compliance for healthcare facilities?

Location of new Texas Bio lab is suspect

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 42, November 4, 2008

    On November 11, the University of Texas will open a new biological defense laboratory that will...

Study shows state agencies have been slow to utilize the Internet

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 42, November 4, 2008

    After Hurricane Karina devastated New Orleans in 2005, emergency managers at the local, state, and...

Connecticut mobile hospital receives $8 million in federal funding

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 42, November 4, 2008

    Connecticut is looking to become a national resource for mobile hospitals. The $8 million in...

Florida Bioterrorism funds reviewed

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 41, October 28, 2008

    According to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) may...

Flu shot drive-though proves successful

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 41, October 28, 2008

    Although it may sound unconventional, health officials in San Joaquin County, California are taking...

New Jersey reveals new emergency response plan

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 41, October 28, 2008

    After 18 months of planning, New Jersey has released a new state emergency management plan dubbed...

Checklist evaluates legal issues of pandemic flu planning

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 40, October 21, 2008

    It’s time for emergency management professionals to add another job title to their list...

Study finds ED staff concerned "dirty bomb" attack

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 40, October 21, 2008

    A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has found that...

Helicopter crashes prompt a move for stricter regulations

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 40, October 21, 2008

    A fatal October 17 medevac helicopter crash in Auroroa, IL has prompted the National Transportation...

Maryland officials adjust helicopter protocol

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 39, October 14, 2008

    Just one week after a deadly medevac helicopter crash in Prince George’s county, Maryland...

Los Angeles pediatric center leads the way in disaster planning for children

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 39, October 14, 2008

    With so many things to account for during a disaster, the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles...

Georgia Tech releases model for food distribution

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 39, October 14, 2008

    The Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a model to gauge food distribution and school...

After Gustav, bigger generators needed

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 38, October 7, 2008

    Healthcare officials reported that loss of power was the number one problem for Louisiana hospitals...

California bill strengthens emergency management

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 38, October 7, 2008

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger closed out the month of September by approving legislation...

Ohio hospital gets CDC recognition

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 38, October 7, 2008

    The Akron Regional Hospital Association in Akron, OH recently received high praise from the Centers...

Medical helicopter crashes in Maryland

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 37, September 30, 2008

    A medical helicopter crashed in a suburban Washington D.C. park in the early morning hours of...

CDC funds preparedness projects

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 37, September 30, 2008

    Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wrote a large check to 29 state and...

Minnesota introduces portable hospital

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 37, September 30, 2008

    During a catastrophe, one primary focus of emergency management personnel is how quickly they can...

Emergency management in the virtual world

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 36, September 23, 2008

    Rarely do you hear the phrases “video games” and “emergency management&rdquo...

New online tool helps hospitals gauge resources

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 36, September 23, 2008

    Planning for biological, chemical, nuclear, or radiological attacks can be particularly challenging...

L.A. hospitals well-prepared for Metrolink crash

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 36, September 23, 2008

    After a Los Angeles Metrolink crash in 2005 left 11 people dead and a car crash in the Santa Monica...

DePaul hospital handles hazmat incident

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 35, September 16, 2008

    While hurricanes and tropical storms offer at least some degree of predictability, incidents...

Medical response to Minnesota bridge collapse evaluated

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 35, September 15, 2008

    Minneapolis Emergency Medical Service (EMS) teams had their hands full in August of last year when...

Storms keep hospitals busy

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 34, September 9, 2008

    The recovery from Hurricane Gustav has kept Louisiana hospitals busy and now preparations are...

Emergency preparations in place

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 34, September 9, 2008

    The preparations for Hurricane Gustav showcased how some hospitals think big when it comes to...

"Uncle Sam" asks: Are you ready for an emergency?

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 34, September 9, 2008

    September is National Preparedness Month and the Department of Homeland Security reminds citizens...

Safety problems play role in lost accreditation for NC hospital

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 33, September 2, 2008

    A state psychiatric hospital in North Carolina has lost its Joint Commission accreditation in part...

OSHA renews Red Cross alliance

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 33, September 2, 2008

    OSHA and the American Red Cross renewed an alliance to improve employee awareness of safety and...

Tip of the week: Drill for internal disasters

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 33, September 2, 2008

    Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, evacuated on June 13 after floodwaters rose on its...