Tag: Emergency Management

Disaster-zone deployments demand courage amid crisis

Nursing is not a career path for the faint of heart. However, working in places wracked by civil strife and natural catastrophes can strain the composure of the most elite in any specialty. If the OR tent lifting away in strong post-hurricane winds stateside is not bad enough, imagine having…

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By: David C. Walsh
January 23, 2024
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The Joint Commission: Comment on EM requirements for ambulatory health care and office-based surgery programs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on June 21 that it is seeking comments on its proposed new Emergency Management (EM) requirements for accredited ambulatory health care and office-based surgery programs. The new requirements, which will be released in July 2024, will help organizations develop and improve their actions and…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 22, 2023
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Vanderbilt team develops new protocol for emergency resternotomy

Editor's Note A multidisciplinary cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) team at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, recently conducted a bedside surgery simulation of a resternotomy to develop a new protocol for the lifesaving procedure, according to the June 15 VUMC Reporter. When a cardiac surgical patient starts bleeding postoperatively…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 16, 2023
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Nursing students learn to deal with patient deaths through simulations

Editor's Note Patient death simulation training is now part of the University at Buffalo School of Nursing’s required curriculum, the June 5 UBNow reports. Students says the way they approach patient death has changed, and they feel more prepared and able to handle the situation. Simulation can give students opportunities…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 7, 2023
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Problems persist with HHS emergency-preparedness goals

Editor's Note According to a May 14 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is continuing with the persistent, systemic problems that impaired its ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other public health crises, such as H1N1 influenza, Zika,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 15, 2023
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Five tips to preparing for emergency outpatient surgery

Editor's Note The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Buzz on April 24 published five precautionary tips for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to implement in order to “respond quickly and effectively” to emergencies during outpatient surgery. They are: Establish a culture of safety. Prior to a surgical procedure, conduct a comprehensive physical examination…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 5, 2023
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ACS: May is national STOP THE BLEED month

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced May 1 that throughout the month of May it will promote STOP THE BLEED in collaboration with the Chicago Cubs, City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), and programming to educate and empower the public to learn simple…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2023
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ACS lauds passage of STOP THE BLEED bill in California

Editor's Note The American College Surgeons (ACS) on September 28 announced that the California State Legislature passed Assembly Bill 2260 that requires the installation of trauma bleeding control kits in newly constructed public and private buildings throughout the state. After the legislation was passed, the ACS State Affairs team worked…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 29, 2022
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New standards for quality care in emergency general surgery

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) on September 21 announced the launch of a new surgical quality program to help hospitals establish and maintain the highest standards in emergency general surgery. The Emergency General Surgery Verification Program focuses on…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 22, 2022
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The Joint Commission seeking comments on EM surge management plan

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…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 16, 2022
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