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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh preps for patient moves

Hi folks, it’s Scott Wallask. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh had a great idea as part of its preparation to move to a new facility in May. [more]

Training for gun incidents, from the latest Briefings on Hospital Safety

Hi folks, it’s Scott Wallask logging on today. Given that most hospitals aren’t using metal detectors at the entrance, it’s not a surprise that some visitors enter the facility carrying guns.

In the p. 1 story of our March issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety [more]

Listen to our free hospital safety audio conference online, any time

Hi everyone, it’s Scott Wallask checking in today. I’m happy to announce that we’ve posted a free online recording of our January 29 audio conference, “Hospital Safety in 2009: A Sneak Preview of HCPro’s 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium.”

You can listen [more]

Escalating disaster drill = pushing your limits

To anyone who’s wondered what the term “escalating drill” means in terms of Joint Commission emergency management compliance, a few thoughts:

An escalating drill is an exercise with a scenario that grows increasingly complex. Say, for instance, we start out with a mass casualty incident scenario. [more]

Mac reacts to the Hudson River plane crash . . . and birds

Kudos to the amazing (I daresay miraculous) response to last week’s jet crash in the Hudson. I was watching some of the footage on The Weather Channel and at first had a difficult time processing what had happened. It’s absolutely astonishing that there was no loss of life.

I haven’t had a chance to dig too deeply into the all the news reports, but I imagine there are at least a couple of New York area hospitals that can check off their Joint Commission influx drill requirement for the year (not that that’s how you want to do it). [more]

Emergency management scoring grace period ends January 1

Hi folks, it’s Scott Wallask checking in today. Steve Mac is on vacation this week (well deserved after I heard about the amount of miles he logged in the air in the last couple of months).

I wanted to remind you that a Joint Commission grace period–during which certain emergency management citations wouldn’t count against your hospital’s accreditation status–is ending as of January 1.

Because the new 2009 emergency management chapter renumbers the previous standards, double-check these provisions, all of which fell under the grace period in 2008:

  • EM.01.01.01, EP 8-Documenting an inventory of assets and resources
  • EM.02.02.03, EP 6-Monitoring quantities of assets and resources
  • EM.02.01.01, EP 3-Meeting the 96-hour provision
  • EM.02.02.01, EP 7-Communicating with vendors of essential supplies and services
  • EM.02.02.03, EP 5-Sharing of assets and resources with healthcare facilities outside of the community
  • EM.02.02.03, EP 9-Transporting patients, medications, equipment, and staff members to alternate care sites
  • EM.02.02.05, EP 3-Coordinating security activities with outside agencies
  • EM.02.02.05, EP 4-Managing hazardous materials and wastes
  • EM.02.02.07, EP 7-Training staff members about their roles in emergency response
  • EM.02.02.07, EP 8-Communicating with licensed independent practitioners about their roles in emergency response
  • EM.02.02.09, EP 5-Determining alternative supplies of fuel for building operations or essential transport activities
  • EM.02.02.11, EP 6-Managing mental health needs of patients
  • EM.02.02.11, EP 7-Managing mortuary services
  • EM.02.02.11, EP 8-Documenting and tracking clinical information

Emergency management will be a big part of our 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium in May, so I encourage you to check out the full agenda.