Disaster Planning

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December 2017

Joint Commission updates emergency management requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 3 updated its emergency management requirements for hospital, ambulatory, home health, and hospice settings, effective November 15. The updated standards will assist healthcare organizations in more effectively planning for disasters and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 6, 2017
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Capitol Hill lawmakers participate in ACS bleeding control training

Editor's Note Nearly 40 members of Congress and staff on October 12 received training from surgeon members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) on how to stop life-threatening bleeding. The class was designed to teach individuals with no prior medical knowledge how to control rapid bleeding from traumatic injuries…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 16, 2017
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ECRI Institute offers free disaster preparedness, recovery resources

Editor's Note In response to the destruction caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the ECRI Institute is providing free access to resources, publications, and tools to help guide healthcare facilities affected by natural disasters. The Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Resource Center, which includes links to material from the ECRI…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 11, 2017
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CMS granting exemptions for providers affected by Hurricane Irma

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exemptions under Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs for certified providers (eg, acute care hospitals, long-term care hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers) affected by storms and flooding from Hurricane Irma. Providers will be granted exemptions without having to…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 19, 2017
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Joint Commission temporarily suspends accreditation surveys in Houston

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on August 30 that because of flooding in Houston and surrounding areas, it is temporarily suspending accreditation survey activity for organizations severely affected by Hurricane Harvey. Joint Commission Online Weekly Newsletter

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By: Judy Mathias
September 1, 2017
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Leaving Your Legacy: Succession Planning with You and Your Staff Front of Mind

After this session you’ll be able to: 1. Describe inherent challenges of transitioning into a new role. 2. Discuss strategies to develop a succession plan for your current role. 3. Identify options for end-of-career OR RNs that are cost effective and applicable to both inpatient and outpatient settings. Why this…

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23 Houston-area hospitals move patients; 25 more are vulnerable

Editor's Note At least 23 hospitals in the Houston area affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey have moved patients to other facilities, and another 25 are considered vulnerable to flooding or shortages of staff and supplies, the August 29 Houston Chronicle reports. The full tally of evacuated patients was not…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2017
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Flooding from Harvey prompts HHS to declare public health emergency

Editor's Note Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, MD, has declared a public health emergency because of flooding and lingering rain in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the August 28 Healthcare Finance News reports. This declaration gives healthcare providers in Texas and Louisianian greater flexibility in treating people displaced by the…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2017
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Houston Hospitals hit by flooding from Harvey

Editor's Note Flooding from Hurricane Harvey is pushing some Houston hospitals to close or evacuate, the August 27 Modern Healthcare reports. Baylor College of Medicine and clinics closed Sunday, August 27, as did all Texas Children’s Hospital’s pediatrics practices and urgent care locations. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 28, 2017
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Public expects physicians, nurses to protect them during active shooting events

Editor's Note Results of a new national survey by the Hartford Consensus about views of the public and healthcare professionals on active shooter events in hospitals show that: 61% of the public and 62% of professionals believe physicians and nurses have a special duty to protect patients during an active…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2017
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Clotting assay predicts need for massive transfusion in trauma patients

Editor's Note Using a new blood clot strength test based on a modified thrombelastography (TEG) assay with exogenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver, were quickly able to assess the overall ability of blood to clot and identify trauma patients in need of a massive…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 23, 2017
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Optimize OR Planning at the Operational Level

Building an optimal OR master schedule assumes that enough patients are available at all times to fill all the slots within the OR master schedule. However, at the operational level, the waiting list of patients to be scheduled becomes important. Learning objectives • Define patient groups. • Discuss how to…

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