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Mass casualty emergencies can happen at any time and just about anywhere in the country. They can take many forms, from natural disasters such as hurricanes on the Gulf Coast and the terrible flooding in their aftermath--to man-made disasters like the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

The common denominator in most of these emergencies is that they tend to affect entire communities and they can give rise to a surge of victims needing assistance who may overwhelm the normal capacities of first responders such as police, fire and EMS, but also hospital first receivers, those healthcare providers who will be receiving victims in numbers that may quickly overtax their capabilities. This program will address steps that the Joint Commission has mandated for all hospitals to address emergency management planning..

To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Study the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test.

    This program describes the importance of emergency management planning, and the steps that Joint Commission has mandated for all hospitals for the year 2006 to address emergency management planning.

  • Introduction
  • Joint Commission Standards
  • Emergency Management Planning
  • Mass Terrorism
  • The Emergency Management Plan
  • Emergency Management Drills
  • Emergency Power and Information Systems
  • Patient Flow
  • Emergency Infection Control
  • Granting Disaster Privileges
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and others an understanding of the importance of emergency management planning

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the major steps the Joint Commission has mandated for emergency planning.
  • Describe the major types of mass casualty events.
  • Describe the importance of emergency drills.
  • LIst the areas of a hospital that must have emergency power backup.

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