Checklist are a vital part of the preparedness and planning portions of emergency planning.
ASHE Insider: July 1, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised its emergency preparedness checklist, a tool it recommends for health care facility emergency planning. The updates, which CMS released in February in a Survey & Certification memo, give more detailed guidance about patient tracking, supplies, and collaboration.
The revisions add procedures to describe if a patient turns up missing during an emergency evacuation, including notification of the patient’s family and local law enforcement. The revised checklist also prompts emergency planners to determine whether staff can have their family members shelter at the facility.
A new section of the checklist states that health care facilities should tailor emergency planning templates to their specific needs and geographic location. The revised checklist also directs hospitals to establish collaborations with various types of health care providers at the state and local level to integrate plans and increase medical response capabilities.
Read the full memo to see all the changes to the checklist.
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