|Proposed JCAHO revisions emphasize escalating disasters
BREAKING NEWS FROM HCPRO
Healthcare facilities have until January 19 to offer their comments during a field review
With its proposed revisions to the emergency management standards now up for field review, it's clear the JCAHO is continuing to focus on how well healthcare facilities prepare themselves for community-wide catastrophes.
The proposal expands current standards EC.4.10 (establishing emergency management plans) and EC.4.20 (conducting emergency plan tests) into the following revised standard numbers:
The changes will remain posted for industry comment through January 19, 2007. Accredited hospitals, critical-access hospitals, and long-term care facilities all stand to be affected by the revisions.
Those familiar with the current emergency management requirements will recognize the intent of revisions, as they don't represent a shift in the JCAHO's philosophy. Rather, the proposal adds layers to the elements of performance for the standards.
Anticipate the flux of community calamities
A key point made in the field review is that facilities will need to maintain their critical functions during disasters in which