Recent disasters have made it clear that it is not enough for health care organizations to plan for individual emergency events. Instead, organizations committed to serving their communities must demonstrate the ability to respond to combinations of escalating events. With this in mind, The Joint Commission revised its emergency management standards for hospitals, critical access hospitals, and long term care organizations in 2008. Specifically, the standard that requires organizations to address emergency management was broadened into eight new standards that became effective January 1, 2008. Emergency Management in Health Care: An All-Hazards Approach is a practical guide to provide additional help to health care organizations plan for managing the critical areas of emergency response by assessing their needs and preparing staff to respond to events most likely to occur, regardless of the cause(s) of the emergency situation. This book guides hospitals and long term care organizations in planning for the management of the six crucial areas of emergency response, and encourages and enables them to assess their needs and prepare staff to respond to events that are likely to occur. With a sound understanding of and a specific plan for its response to these six areas, organizations can boast an all-hazards approach that supports a level of preparedness sufficient to address a range of emergencies.
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