October 05, 2009 | | Comments 0
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The Joint Commission doesn’t mandate infant abduction drills, but …

I suspect that the reason The Joint Commission doesn’t (or perhaps even can’t) require infant abduction drills under EC.02.01.01 is that not everyone has to manage the security of those at-risk populations.

My take on this concern is that Joint Commission officials have tried to create standards and performance elements that can be applied as broadly as possible. To be honest, I can’t imagine that at this point organizations would get cited very frequently for a lack of infant abduction drills, but I can say that I as a consultant very much look askance at organizations that do not conduct these drills on each shift over whatever cycle they’d like to choose.

I also look to see if they’ve conducted an abduction drill in coordination with a fire alarm, since the security dynamics can shift very rapidly from lesser to greater risk depending on their set-up.

I am also impressed with folks who actually identify vulnerabilities when they drill. Although we haven’t experienced many actual infant abductions, it’s still something to watch, particularly in our culture of custody battles.

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Steve MacArthur About the Author: Steve MacArthur is a safety consultant with The Greeley Company in Danvers, Mass. He brings more than 30 years of healthcare management and consulting experience to his work with hospitals, physician offices, and ambulatory care facilities across the country. He is the author of HCPro's Hospital Safety Director's Handbook and is contributing editor for Briefings on Hospital Safety. Contact Steve at stevemacsafetyspace@gmail.com.

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