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Think about steps to thwart not just infant abductions, but kidnappings of older kids

There is some indication that there is at least one Joint Commission surveyor who is very keen to see what processes are in place to avoid potential abductions of children in the 12+ age range (I tend to think of them as adolescents as a general descriptor).

While environment of care standard EC.02.01.01, EP 9 does specifically mention [more]

Extra fire drill as part of The Joint Commission’s ILSMs

I fielded a question a little while back about using a fire drill as an interim life safety measure (ILSM) under Joint Commission standard LS.01.02.01 EP 11.

The actual verbiage from the pre-2009 standard was that each organization would conduct [more]

Evaluating your emergency management inventory process

Joint Commission standard EM.03.01.01, EP 3 requires an annual review of your emergency management inventory process.

This is where you look back at exercises and real events and see [more]

Hospital fire reveals several truths about emergency preparedness

There’s an update on a fire at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, CT, in this week’s issue of our free sister e-newsletter, Emergency Management Alert.

As a consultant, I frequently ask folks what kind of scenarios they are using to comply with EM.03.01.03, EP 3, which mandates an emergency response exercise, including an escalating scenario in which the hospital is unable to be supported by the local community.

One of the truisms I’ve observed over time is that [more]

Alarm transmission options are tight when it comes to fire drill requirements

There was discussion swirling this week on HCPro’s Patient Safety Talk group about whether folks are required to actually pull the fire alarm during a fire drill.

Unfortunately this is not quite as clear-cut as one would want, though perhaps [more]

New fall seminars about life safety and emergency management

We’re happy to announce two brand new professional development seminars that will focus on the hot topics of Life Safety Code compliance and emergency managment: [more]

Testing the bounds of your lockdown arrangements

One of my clients has an access control system that covers all of exterior doors and several interior doors. Security can use an emergency shutdown button if the facility needed to be locked down.

This approach is absolutely [more]

EOP Webcast on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Eastern

There’s still time to register for Tuesday’s Webcast, “Five Steps To Strengthen Your Emergency Operations Plan.”

The progam begins at 1 p.m. Eastern and will feature presentations by Jim Kendig, vice president of safety, security, and clinical/courier transportation at Health First in Melbourne, FL, and Chris Bellone, emergency preparedness coordinator at Rockford (IL) Health System.

Observers of emergency exercises under EM.03.01.03

I read a question on a listserv a short while back that asked how to address EM.03.01.03, EP 6 (the hospital designates an individual to observe emergency drills).

You really don’t have to identify this person in your emergency operations plan (EOP), unless it is somehow helpful to the organization to do so. Strictly speaking, your EOP should focus on the elements required to respond to an emergency, which generally doesn’t include consideration of how you plan test exercises. [more]

The best EC performance indicators stem from challenges

I’ve found that the most useful performance indicators are those for which you’ve identified improvement opportunities.

I’m attaching to my post some examples of performance indicators [more]