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Emergency Management - Emergency Response Exercise Requirements During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Can we use our actions regarding the current public health emergency as one of our Emergency Management drills?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

If an organization meets the same emergency exercise documentation requirements that they would for a planned exercise, then yes, we would accept their documented response to the current pandemic.  The evaluation should be broken down into the six critical areas:  
  • Communication – what worked well and what did not
  • Resources and assets – what resources were abundant, adequate or lacking
  • Safety and security – what issues arose and how were they resolved
  • Staff responsibilities - what issues arose and how were they resolved
  • Utilities - what issues arose and how were they resolved
  • Patient clinical and support activities - what was abundant, adequate or lacking
The organization determines how the evaluation will be documented.

If the organization desires to utilize the pandemic response for BOTH required exercises, it is necessary to document them accordingly by addressing the six critical areas from the community integration or facility-based standpoint.  Please refer to the accreditation requirements found in the Emergency Management chapter to ensure appropriate documentation.

Additional Resources
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance and Resources
Manual: Critical Access Hospital
Chapter: Emergency Management EM
Last reviewed by Standards Interpretation: May 02, 2022 Represents the most recent date that the FAQ was reviewed (e.g. annual review).
First published date: August 05, 2020 This Standards FAQ was first published on this date.
This page was last updated on May 05, 2022 with update notes of: Review only, FAQ is current Types of changes and an explanation of change type: Editorial changes only: Format changes only. No changes to content. | Review only, FAQ is current: Periodic review completed, no changes to content. | Reflects new or updated requirements: Changes represent new or revised requirements.

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