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Standards FAQ Details


Emergency Management (EM) (Critical Access Hospitals / Critical Access Hospitals)

Use of Paper Patient During Emergency Exercises
Updated | November 24, 2008
Q. Can paper patients be used in lieu of mock patients during an external disaster exercise?  

A. Organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to conduct disaster exercises with mock victims, sometimes because of a shortage of volunteers. Because volunteer victims have been injured during the course of a exercise, liability concerns have increased. Many of the youth groups that were consistently involved in exercises are now declining to participate. In response to the issues, the Joint Commission has allowed paper patients to replace live victims.

Paper patient exercises should not be confused with tabletop events. The simulated paper patients must be treated as if they were live patients and must therefore be processed through.