July 29, 2015 | | Comments 0
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I’m-a gonna raise a fuss and I’m-a gonna raise a holler!

Sometimes, particularly during the summer, it can be a challenge to come up with compelling—hopefully your definition of compelling and my definition of compelling match up pretty well—material for the blog, so I will periodically go back through e-mails I’ve received, etc. to see if there’s anything worth sharing with folks. I was trolling through my inbox for missives from our friends in Chicago that I might have missed when they originally arrived (so, I guess this would be a review of missed missives) and I noticed an item from back in June that I had not previously brought to your attention that highlighted some of the resources available in the area of emergency management. Strangely enough, the resources are available as part of the The Joint Commission’s (TJC) portal program, thus the Emergency Management Portal.

There’s a fair amount of interesting information (and I think we all recognize the value of being familiar with any information TJC sees fit to present to the world at large), with click-through links for topics such as air disaster, violence/security/active shooter, hurricane, tornado, water crisis (industrial incident), and winter storm. The June notice deals with some topics relating to crisis management guidance and senior leadership (if you’ve noticed a trend towards elevating accountability/involvement of senior leadership in the physical environment/emergency management realm, I wouldn’t disabuse you of that notion) will take you to those details. Other than the leadership stuff, it doesn’t appear that there’s been a ton of updating since the beginning of 2014, but one item highlighted on the portal home page is a link to a blog on John Maurer’s (he’s one of the folks in TJC’s Engineering Department) Q & A during the November 2013 JCR Annual Ambulatory Care Conference. While the content is “aimed” at ambulatory care, there is a certain “timeless” quality to the questions and even if you are not currently responsible for any ambulatory sites, if you intend to stay in healthcare, it is more than likely that you’ll be getting in to the care and feeding of some ambulatory sites before too long. At any rate, I always enjoy Mr. Maurer’s work and if you’ve not encountered him, I think you will too. If you want to bypass the portal, you can link directly to the Q & A. It shouldn’t take too long to go through the blog, but I think you’ll find it to have been time well spent.

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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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