Disaster Planning

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October 2017

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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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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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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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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Training surgeons to teach the public bleeding control techniques

Editor's Note Training surgeons in bleeding control techniques so they can, in turn, teach the general public is an effective way to disseminate bleeding control knowledge and skills, finds this study. Of 341 surgeons who were trained and surveyed at the 2016 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Congress, 93.79% agreed…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 11, 2017
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Brief learning module effective in teaching hemorrhage control

Editor's Note An 8-minute module can be deployed in clinical and nonclinical settings to train a large workforce in hemorrhage control, this study finds. In response to active shooter and mass casualty incidents, researchers at UnityPoint Health, Des Moines, Iowa, wanted to see if they could take important information from…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 23, 2017
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ACS launches new website on bleeding control

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Hartford Consensus on September 16 announced the launch of a new website designed to assist the public and first responders in the event of a mass casualty or other bleeding control emergency. The website, BleedingControl.org, contains diagrams, videos, and other…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 16, 2016
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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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