Joint Commission to host Emergency Preparedness conference April 8-9

When disaster hits, will all the plans that health care organizations have in place really work? The fact is, health care organizations can never be too prepared for emergencies.

The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources’ sixth annual emergency preparedness conference, “Emergency Preparedness Compliance 2010,” will help health care organizations turn concerns about staff readiness, patient surges and functioning without essential services into strategies for preparedness. The April 8-9 conference, at the Omni Shoreham, in Washington, D.C., will feature proven emergency planning methodologies that are embedded in The Joint Commission standards as well as best practices shared by health care experts who have successfully managed catastrophic situations.

Based on requests from emergency management professionals, this year’s event focuses on best practices for meeting and successfully maintaining compliance with The Joint Commission standards and the challenges related to emergency preparedness. The conference will feature three scenario workshops led by Joint Commission staff who will provide feedback on whether participants’ approaches meet accreditation standards for emergency preparedness. An April 7 pre-conference session will focus solely on meeting Joint Commission standards.

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Expert faculty for the conference include a team from Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City, who visited Haiti in January and performed 100 surgeries in eight days; New Orleans physician Anna Pou, who will explore the boundaries of accountability for physicians and nurses during disasters; and Guido Bertolaso, M.D., Italian minister of the National Civil Protection Department, who will share his experiences with the Abruzzo earthquake. In addition, George Washington University’s Daniel Kaniewski and Washington Hospital Center’s Susan Eckert will use the 2009 Washington, D.C. rail crash as a prism to examine emergency response and successful health care and community planning.

The conference is recommended for hospital and health system employees including: C-Suite executives and directors and managers of disaster planning, emergency preparedness, disaster medicine, patient safety, operations, risk management, security, infection control, community health, public health and supply chain and materials management.

Cost for the conference has been held to 2008 prices—participants who register at least 30 days prior to the conference receive a $60 discount on the $749 cost per person. Organizations with three or more participants at the conference may register for $689 per person. The pre-conference is $319 per person before March 8, or $395. To register, please call JCR Customer Service at 1.877.223.6866. For those unable to attend, an on demand recording of the conference will be available. Additional details and a conference agenda are available online.