Safety - January 2020

FEMA OKs funds to rebuild hospital in Puerto Rico after teen's death

A girl, 13, died after lacking a proper medical facility in Vieques


Keeping your healthcare facility safe

How technology can help you achieve a safer healthcare environment


FEMA funding earthquake safety for Los Angeles hospital

Funds will go to non-structural bracing and anchoring of medical equipment, communications hardware, and supporting infrastructure


Puerto Rico still lacking proper medical facilities since hurricane

Vieques has not had a functioning hospital since it was destroyed during Hurricane Maria more than two years ago


White substance sparks hazmat incident at Idaho hospital

A patient entered Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center ER carrying a container of an unknown white substance


Vail Health addresses surgical smoke concerns

Colorado Legislature passed a law stating that by May 1, 2021, healthcare facilities in the state must implement policies to prevent human exposure to surgical smoke


Steps for effective emergency preparedness

Make sure your risk assessment and scenario planning are up to date and accurate


Tips for life-safety and emergency prep in longterm care facilities

Start by looking at all possible risks


Quake in Puerto Rico causes structural, power issues, but hospitals functional in hard-hit region

Earthquake killed at least one person and causing a power outage across the island


Kaiser Permanente prepares for disasters based on experience

This year’s evacuation during a wildfire demonstrated significant improvements over previous efforts


Preparing healthcare facilities for a disaster

Hospitals must maintain continuity of patient care


When disaster strikes, FEMA money is available to hospitals that file quickly

Hospitals often don't file for the funds because they're unaware of what can be reimbursed and there is only a 30-day window to apply


Joint Commission clarifies ligature risk requirements

In a new blog post on it's website, The Joint Commission clarified its new ligature risk requirements regarding common patient room items and fixtures


Readiness matters with new CMS emergency preparedness requirements

The intent is still to establish criteria for healthcare providers and suppliers to better prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters.



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