Joint Commission revamps emergency management guidelines
Nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare providers should test their emergency response systems, according to newly revised emergency management standards from the Joint Commission.Facilities should be especially prepared for situations and conditions when local community resources are unable to respond, the Joint Commission advised. The revised standards take effect Jan. 1.
The revisions are based on feedback from providers, experts and studies of disasters, such as hurricanes, floods and power outages, that have affected healthcare providers over the last five years. Organizations should be prepared to respond to various hazards and should demonstrate flexibility to handle escalating events, the commission said.