Proposed Changes to JCAHO Emergency Management Standards
JCAHO is seeking comments on proposed revisions to the Emergency Management Standards that would require organizations to establish a more rigorous emergency management plan in response to communitywide emergencies. The proposed standards revisions emphasize a scalable approach to emergency management. These revisions would establish specific operational requirements for planning a flexible response to emergencies that could affect a single organization, multiple organizations or an entire community or region.
The proposed revisions are applicable to 24/7 facility-based care settings. Thus, the field review seeks input on the proposed revisions from these healthcare facilities.
Proposed revisions to the Emergency Management Standards can be viewed at: http://www.jointcommission.org/AccreditationPrograms/Hospitals/Standards/FieldReview/em_stds_fr.htm Comments also can be made through January 19, 2007, by going to the same Web page.
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