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Former Joint Commission VP among those appearing at our one-day emergency management conference

Joseph Cappiello

Joseph Cappiello

Get help analyzing your hospital’s disaster plans while also bolstering your professional development during HCPro’s Emergency Management Coordinator’s Workshop, which takes place October 26 in Atlanta.

Our experts for the program include:

  • Joseph Cappiello, chair of Cappiello & Associates in Elmhurst, IL, and former vice president for accreditation field operations at The Joint Commission
  • James Kendig, vice president of safety and security for Health First, Inc., based in Rockledge, FL
  • Mary Russell, senior hospital project manager at the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Public Health Preparedness

Click here to read our speakers’ full bios and our show’s agenda.

A deadly surgical fire results in CMS scrutiny

The case of Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, IL, shows just how important surgical fire prevention is for a hospital in terms of bad publicity and Medicare reimbursement.

As noted in my HealthLeaders Media story last month, on September 2 a flash fire occurred on a patient undergoing surgery at Heartland Regional. That patient later died of her injuries.

I just read earlier today [more]

Here’s a way to increase life safety awareness among nurses

Brad Keyes

Brad Keyes

One of my favorite sessions at last week’s Life Safety Code Solutions for Hospitals seminar was a discussion about how to better engage nurses about life safety requirements.

The key, said Brad Keyes, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, is to bring the Life Safety Code into the realm of patient safety.

And that means, for example, not ordering nurses to take a blood pressure cuff machine out of the corridor because it encroaches on minimum clear widths under the Life Safety Code. Nurses won’t relate to rules like that.

Instead, a better approach would be [more]

9/16 webinar on how IC ties into employee safety

7823_largeWe’ve got a great Webinar coming up on Wednesday called “Developing an Effective IC Program to Ensure Employee Health and Safety,” which takes place at 1 p.m. Eastern. You can also order it on-demand and watch it at your convenience if the initial broadcast time doesn’t fit into your schedule.

Among the topics our experts will discuss include how employee health ties into:

  • CDC guidelines and OSHA standards for staff member immunization
  • Personal protective equipment and respiratory protection
  • Screening and exposure protocols

This show is part of our series, Infection Prevention Core Training.

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]

The challenges that tie healthcare facilities back to 9/11

Back in 2001, I remember talking to quite a few hospital safety officers and emergency planners about the way the world had changed after 9/11. It wasn’t just the hijacked jets in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania — soon after, the nation was in the midst of anthrax attacks via the mail and there was also concern about potential smallpox bioterrorism.

Yet I re-read some of the articles I wrote at the time and was struck by [more]

Properly secured medical gas cylinders center on convenience — that’s all

I’m told there was a mention at the ASHE conference that The Joint Commission might introduce a compressed medical gas cylinder standard in 2011.

And what wonders would result from a compressed gas storage standard? Oh yes, that’ll force [more]

New York Times story is a “must read” for emergency planners

The New York Times just published a sad yet enlightening account of what happened at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans in the days after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

Many of you will remember that Memorial Medical was isolated and without power for days as employees and patients suffered through terrible conditions in the sweltering heat. Much of the story focused on allegations of clinicians euthanizing [more]

From infection control to South Park . . .

CMS is trying to tie hospital-acquired infections to reimbursement. Of course, ratcheting down on reimbursement only [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]