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Symposium coverage: Give a wide embrace to EM.01.01.01

Think beyond just police and fire departments when you consider collaborating with community partners, said Joseph Cappiello, chair of Cappiello & Associates in Elmhurst, IL, who spoke at the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium today.

Joint Commission emergency management standard EM.01.01.01 requires the hospital to engage with community partners in developing the medical facility’s hazard vulnerabilty analysis (HVA). Be sure to include your vendors in that discussion because they are appropriate parties to help you determine HVA results, Cappiello said.

Hospital Safety Center Symposium now underway with Dean Samet

Hi folks, it’s Scott Wallask logging in from the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium, which just opened this morning at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Dean Samet, director of regulatory compliance services for Smith Seckman Reid in Nashville, is at the podium discussing The Joint Commission’s [more]

Attention symposium attendees: Pre-registration begins Wednesday evening

Hi everyone, it’s Scott Wallask checking in. I’d like to encourage those of you attending the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium in Las Vegas this week to consider pre-registration on Wednesday evening in advance of Thursday morning’s opening session.

Our pre-registration takes place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the conference center at Caesars Palace. The time you save on Thursday morning could mean some extra sleep, an early chance to catch up on e-mails, or a few added moments to wait in line for your favorite cup of coffee.

By the way, the Hospital Safety Center Symposium sessions take place in the Pisa/Palermo rooms of the conference center.

Life safety sessions at the Hospital Safety Center Symposium are timely considering Joint Commission data

Hey, it’s Scott Wallask, and I almost can’t believe we’re in the single digits on our Hospital Safety Center countdown clock as we close in on next week’s 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium. I’ve been watching that countdown tick away since last year.

Given that The Joint Commission’s former EC.5.20 (which required compliance with the Life Safety Code and has since splintered into the life safety standards) was the top cited standard in hospitals in the first half of 2008, I have to think Brad Keyes’ two life safety sessions at the symposium will have the full attention of attendees.  I hope to see you at the symposium.

Dark cloud, silver lining for H1N1

Well, the H1N1 swine flu panic seems to be subsiding somewhat, though I have no doubt that many of you are still managing the worried well to one degree or another (please let us know how you’re doing – shoot me a message on the blog, it’s your community and we want to know you’re keeping the faith).

That said, I have the good fortune this week to be spending some time in the Orlando area and I think there may be a bit of silver lining [more]

Five reasons to attend the Hospital Safety Center Symposium

Hello, it’s Scott Wallask logging in. There’s still time to make plans to attend the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 14-15 in Las Vegas, and to nudge those of you on the fence, here are five great reasons to join us: [more]

With emergency inventory planning, don’t just focus on the numbers

Maintaining an accurate inventory of resources and assets for disaster planning is clearly an important process because you need to know what your capacities are during emergencies.

What this requires is a thoughtful process for managing the inventory during an emergency. It’s not so much about knowing [more]

Want to help me out at the Hospital Safety Center Symposium?

I can’t help but think that my blog session at the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium may in fact generate further blog postings. A vicious circle, say I, but how vicious? That will be yours to say . . .

That said, in the spirit of the new season (admittedly that’s a stretch, but stretching is what we, as safety professionals, do best), if any one out there in the blogosphere would like to suggest [more]

I think the new couch looks best over by the wall… on second thought, maybe in front of that window…

Well, the never-ending drama of now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t in the world of strategic compliance marches on. Fortunately, my brothers and sisters in safety, the announcement of revised Joint Commission standards is virtually without impact for you (unless of course, you were otherwise occupied when these “changes” first graced our world — if you were, good on you, they’re just as meaningless as they were then).

I’ll default to my CMS logic in noting that none of the changes should have been a surprise to anyone being accredited for the purposes of bellying up to the Medicare/Medicaid bar. These were existing requirements, and, oddly enough, very much in keeping with an appropriately managed, comprehensive safety program, which I know you have because you tune into this blog on a regular basis (I certainly hope it helps, at any rate). [more]

Clean up cardboard boxes frequently to limit fire risks

As to the life safety implications of cardboard boxes, they are indeed made of a combustible material and we should do everything we can to minimize their presence, especially for extended periods of time.

Waste removal processes for cardboard should be effective. While there is no specific time measure, it’s generally demonstrable when the waste removal process is not working properly.