The Chapter Leader's Guide to Environment of Care

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The Chapter Leader's Guide to Environment of Care: Practical Insight on Joint Commission Standards

Thomas J. Huser, MS, CHPS

Quick, concise standard explanations for Environment of Care chapter leaders

“This book has significant daily use and will prepare and support facility professionals. The author candidly describes how to make difficult things happen even when other people may not be immediately on board…and the survey preparation is thorough and very user intuitive. I like the easy-to-follow format. The policy and procedure forms and examples are excellent.”
—Stephen J. Thurston, Safety Officer, Emergency Managment Coordinator, Indiana University Health

The Chapter Leader’s Guide to Environment of Care breaks down the Joint Commission's Environment of Care requirements into easy-to-understand solutions to meet the challenges of these complex standards. You get simplified explanations of the chapter's key components along with communication techniques to help foster a strong and successful partnership between survey coordinator, chapter leader and staff of all levels.

Plus, to make staff training easy, this guide includes two downloadable PowerPoint® presentations highlighting key compliance takeaways.

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Benefits of The Chapter Leader’s Guide to Environment of Care:

  • Build an interdisciplinary team to ensure Environment of Care compliance
  • Achieve buy-in and support from leadership
  • Educate staff of all levels on compliance utilizing ready-made tools and strategies
  • Use practical advice from a seasoned expert in the field to avoid RFIs on your next survey

What’s inside:

  • Standard-by-standard breakdowns and explanation by hospital safety veteran and expert
  • Practical advice for successfully communicating with multiple levels of staff to better gain buy-in and compliance
  • Quick tip sheets,checklists, and PowerPoint presentations for educating staff
  • Sample mock tracer observations and questions in all areas of EOC
  • Hospital safety and construction risk assessments
  • Dozens of EOC policies, procedures, reports, and maintenance logs
  • Department EOC report card and simplified scoring sheet to better communicate current compliance to department leaders and board members

Table of Contents

Part I: Organization and Accountabilities
Board of Directors
Medical Staff
Key Players

Part 2: Communication and Culture
Hospital Staff
Departmental Leadership
Board of Directors
Senior Leadership

Part 3: Policy and Procedures
Plan (EC.01.01.01)
Safety and Security (EC.02.01.01, EC.02.01.03)
Hazardous Materials and Waste (EC.02.02.01)
Fire Safety (EC.02.03.01, EC.02.03.03, EC.02.03.05)
Medical Equipment (EC.02.04.01, EC.02.04.03)
Utilities (EC.02.05.01, EC.02.05.03, EC.02.05.05, EC.02.05.07, EC.02.05.09)
Other Physical Environment Requirements (EC.02.06.01, EC.02.06.05)
Staff Competence (EC.03.01.01)
Monitor and Improve (EC.04.01.01, EC.04.01.03, EC.04.01.05)

Part 4: Effective Survey Preparation
Education and Training
Data Collection

List of tools:

Sample Board of Directors Report
Survey Preparation for Physicians: Emergency Management Information
Environment of Care Compliance: Sample Observations and Questions
Survey Preparation for Staff: Emergency Management Information
Security Quick Tips
Temperature Logs Quick Tips
Maintaining a Safe Environment Quick Tips
Emergency Medical Equipment Quick Tips
Fire Response Quick Tips
Hazardous Materials Quick Tips
Medical Equipment Failure Quick Tips
Utility Failure Quick Tips
Environment of Care Report Card Scoring Worksheet
Safety Inspection Report
Environment of Care Report Card for Department Leaders
Safety Officer Statement of Authority
Safety Risk Assessment Tool
Officer’s Report of Fall/Injury
Forensic Patient Policy and Procedure
Smoking Interventions Log
Life Safety System Preventative Maintenance Grid
Life Safety Equipment Repairs Log
Interim Life Safety Management Implementation Worksheet
Safe Medical Device Reporting Policy
Emergency Generator Test Log and Report
Construction Risk Assessment Form
Employee Environment of Care Survey

EOC Power Point Presentations:

What You Need to Know to Train Your Staff
Annual Education for Staff

Who will benefit?

Accreditation coordinator, accreditation specialist, survey coordinator, Joint Commission survey coordinator, Environment of Care chapter leader, safety officer, safety director, facility manager, and facility director

Earn Continuing Education Credits

National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)
This activity is pending approval by the National Association of Healthcare Quality for CE credits.

About the Author

Thomas J. Huser, MS, CHSP, CHEP, is a health and safety professional with over 25 years of healthcare and public safety experience. Huser has published numerous articles in the Journal of Healthcare Security on topics such as disaster drill planning, emergency decontamination, incident command systems, and hazard communication programs. Huser authored The Environment of Care Handbook, now in its fourth edition; The Emergency Management Compliance Manual and the Life Safety Survey Companion.

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Published: April 2011