November 13, 2009 | | Comments 0
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Don’t sacrifice patient comfort for drill realism

I was discussing emergency management scenarios involving a bomb threat and whether such exercises needed to include the movement of actual patients.

I don’t think it’s unreasonable to craft an exercise that does not involve the relocation of patients. While I can appreciate that the more “real” you can be during an exercise, the better, it should not come at the expense of patient care and comfort.

Find some volunteers to pose as patients, put them in beds, wheelchairs, etc. and practice that way. With drills, you really need to minimize the impact on your customers.

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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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