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Posted: 8-31-16

Current accreditation standards by organizations such as The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) have contributed significantly to the enhanced emergency preparedness of hospitals. New guidance proposed in 2014 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which may be enacted this year, will likely place additional preparedness requirements on hospitals. Read More

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Posted: 8-31-16

Hospital leaders make decisions everyday that are so routine that they are often made without giving them much thought. When making a complex decision, such as the need to partially or completely evacuate a healthcare facility, leadership needs to engage a decision-making process that incorporates problem-solving, data acquisition, and risk quantification. Knowing the key steps to complex decision making will help leaders with the multifaceted challenges that occur in times of emergency. Read More

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Posted: 8-31-16

An evacuation requires time, labor-intensive resources, and support at levels that most healthcare facilities don’t possess for routine emergencies. A key factor in the evacuation process, especially when patients are earmarked to leave the facility, is the coordination of patient movement based on the evacuee’s proximity to the threat, mobility level (walking, wheelchair, or stretcher-bound), and degree of illness acuity. When a decision is made to evacuate patients they should not be moved simultaneously from their rooms or bottlenecks will occur. Read More

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Posted: 8-31-16

All of the following are true about tornadoes, except:

A. Rotating thunderstorms, that include hail, severe winds, lightning, or flash floods, are the best predictors of tornado activity.

B. Tornadoes can occur when a warm front meets a cold front, forming a thunderstorm.

C. Most twisters travel from southwest to northeast and can move in the opposite direction for short periods of time.

D. Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 8 am and 2pm, but can occur at any time.

E. Funnel clouds usually last less than 10 minutes before dissipating, and may only last several seconds.

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Posted: 2-09-16

After the events of September 11, disaster preparedness became the driving force in the United States and around the world. Congress started funding hospital readiness efforts in 2003 for $515 million per year. Current HPP (Hospital Preparedness Program) funding has dropped significantly to $228.5 million in fiscal year 2015. This level of hospital funding is insufficient to sustain the multitude of capabilities needed for a comprehensive emergency management program and ongoing readiness. Failure of our state of readiness became all too apparent during the Ebola outbreak in Afica when hospitals in the US were scrambling to master (once again) the use of personal protective equipment and how to perform patient decontamination. Read More

 

 

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