June 16, 2022

The Joint Commission seeking comments on EM surge management plan

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The Joint Commission announced on June 15 that it is seeking comments on proposed Emergency Management (EM) chapter requirements related to surge management for its hospital and critical access hospital accreditation programs.

Since approval of the new, revised EM standards, which are effective July 1, experts in the field of crisis standards of care and surge planning participated in an advisory panel. The panel provided recommendations for a standard to prepare hospitals for surge events that could lead to crisis-level situations during scarce resource management.

Comments on this proposed draft standard, which also includes recommendations from other sources of literature, will be accepted until July 22.

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