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Pick 2 of the six Joint Commission’s six critical aspects of emergency response. Describe them and provide supporting documentation on why they are defined as critical by the Joint Commission.
In this aspect, we will be looking at two vital functions that will make the response succeed or fail. First, Interorganizational communication is the type of communication necessary to perform the plans set up by the organization’s leaders. In the case of a health care emergency management, the CEO and the emergency management team will write down their plans for emergency events, but to execute these plans and getting everyone involved and informed of their role in the response, communication means must be planned and made available at all times. Additionally, documenting all the information and updates that’ll come up when communicating is crucial to the viability of the response as well as to dodge any legal issues in the future. Moreover, transferring patients between hospitals during a crisis will require communication units to be well prepared in all the participating facilities, that’s why it is important to have a backup communication plan. Second, the communication unit in a health care facility must have a valid procedure on how to communicate to the public important messages during a calamity. Either through the Healthcare incident Command System or by disseminating information directly from the hospital staff. A useful suggestion would be to have a prewritten public service announcement ready to be broadcasted in times of disasters.
Utility Management (EM.02.02.09)
Keeping the facility’s systems up and running at all times is essential for all operation especially those that take place during a disaster. The communication aspect success depends on successful utilization of the institution’s resources. That’s why FEMA has provided a very comprehensive and detailed plan that must be rewritten and applied to every institution where people study or work etc., to keep your operation flowing and working smoothly, planning must take into consideration managing the utilities within the health care facility. A small problem like no electricity in one suite inside one of the hospitals building will disturb the whole hospital and might have an effect on operations throughout the whole hospital.
Medford-Davis, L. N., & Kapur, G. B. (2014). Preparing for effective communications during disasters: lessons from a World Health Organization quality improvement project. International journal of emergency medicine, 7(1), 15.
Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System Staff, Board on Health Care Services Staff, Institute of Medicine Staff, National Academy of Sciences, Board on Health Care Services, Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System, . . . Institute of Medicine. (2007). Hospital-based emergency care: At the breaking point. Washington, D.C: National Academies Press.
What is Continuity of Operations? Elements of a Viable … (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.fema.gov/pdf/about/org/ncp/coop_brochu…
According to McNew (2018), it is essential to integrate the six critical aspects of emergency response into the phases of emergency management in healthcare, and these vital aspects include communication, utility management, safety and security, patient clinical and support activities, staff responsibilities and resources and assets. The element known as patient clinical and support activities refers to the hospital’s requirement to ensure that patient safety is maintained when an emergency or disaster strikes by ensuring that a plan is in place to track patients on the site. They need to ensure that patients’ needs are addressed during the emergency period, including during extreme conditions, and then creating plans to get them transferred and ensure that life is protected and preserved, and disability prevented. The next critical aspect to discuss is resources and assets.
Following the resources and assets aspect, they are required to ensure that provisions like food, sleeping materials and vendor and community services among others are available in order to take care of the patients. The two aspects discussed are considered critical because they provide a glimpse into the specific manner that hospitals are expected to manage emergency situations. Hospitals are then allowed to have a perspective on what to prioritize and how to navigate seemingly impossible situations in an adaptive way.
McNew. (2018). Emergency Department Compliance Manual, 2018 Edition. Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.