Emergency Planning: Conducting an Effective Preparedness Exercise - On-Demand

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Emergency Planning: Conducting an Effective Preparedness Exercise - On-Demand

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Available ON-DEMAND

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Presented by:
Tracy Buchman, DHA, CHPA, CHSP
Christopher Sonne, CHEC

Sponsored by:
Briefings on Hospital Safety

Join us for a 90-minute webcast on how to plan and conduct an emergency drill with clear and measurable objectives, and how to use the lessons learned from that drill to educate your staff.

CMS and The Joint Commission require your hospital to have plans in preparation for any emergency, but they also require at least two lifelike exercises per year that test your ability to respond under pressure. Take the stress out of preparation with the practical tips and advice provided by our healthcare emergency management experts.

This program will help you:

  • Plan your emergency exercises and understand the resources available to assist you
  • Demonstrate the value of these exercises to leadership to obtain buy-in for staff training time
  • Develop exercise documents to assist in reporting and creating corrective action plans
  • Know what to do with the information you learn during an exercise 


I. Why the need for conducting exercises?

  • Compliance requirements: Joint Commission, CMS, etc.
  • Two functional exercises required each year
  • Good for collecting information about facility readiness—testing the plan
  • Getting leadership buy-in
  • Staff training tools
  • Best practices

II. Developing your preparedness exercise

  • Difference between discussion/operations-based drills
  • How does a hazard vulnerability assessment (HVA) drive your exercise development?
  • Smaller exercises that lead up to a larger, full-scale exercise
  • Scenarios to take away
  • Developing measurable objectives for your exercise
  • Including community partners (fire, police, etc.)
  • Using federal grants (Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program [HSEEP])
  • How not to make the drill too big—ensuring success while challenging staff

III. Measuring the results

  • Coordinating staff participation
  • Using results to change policies/procedures
  • Using results as a teaching tool and to determine next drill
  • Making success from your failures, identifying trends of vulnerabilities
  • Hot washes—the best tools for providing usable feedback from participants

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the needed steps and resources to properly build an exercise
  • Identify the difference between discussion-based and operational exercises 
  • Introduce the building block approach to conducting an exercise, which helps foster a successful learning environment for staff and the organization at large
  • Learn about (and how to use) the resources available through the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)

Who Should Listen

Emergency preparedness coordinators, plant operations directors, infection preventionists, infection control officers, safety officers, security officers, emergency nurses, administrators, facility supervisors, leadership (CEOs, COO’s).

Meet the Speakers

Tracy Buchman, DHA, CHPA, CHSP, is National Director, Healthcare Emergency Management, HSS, Inc., Denver, Colorado. She has more than 20 years in emergency management including planning and design of hospital exercises.

Christopher Sonne, CHEC, is the Assistant Director of HSS’ EM Solutions™ program provides training, facilitation, and subject matter expertise in the field of emergency management for hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the United States.

Webinar system requirements and program materials:
To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following:

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location.

No problem. The On-Demand version is also available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $199 value! 

Participation in this webinar is just $199 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

Call your customer service representative toll-free 800-650-6787 or email customerservice@hcpro.com if you have questions.