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MEDICAL FACILITY PREPAREDNESS

In this the anniversary of Katrina/Rita, the need for coordinated planning and response guidelines that are universal for medical facilities is more important than ever before. The medical community gets input from HHS, DHS, FEMA, OSHA, CMS, Joint Commission, ISO, and many others on what is the "best practice" but as of yet there has been NO definitive single authority from which all others take direction. It is time ...more »

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Hospital Emergency Codes

Hospitals and other healthcare organizations use emergency codes internally to activate they emergency management plans. These codes and their responses are different for each hospital except where states have mandated their use. Additionally, hospital personnel moving from one organization to another must learn a whole new set of codes each time. This is not only inefficient but a safety risk for patients during disasters. ...more »

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