This website provides articles, monographs, and tools to help members understand the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule on emergency preparedness.
This regulatory advisory from the American Hospital Association explains CMS's emergency preparedness rule and provides hospitals with next steps to comply with the new regulations.
This ASHE chart shows members each requirement of the new CMS emergency preparedness rule; gives a summary of CMS’s reasoning behind the... read more
This alert explains new CMS emergency preparedness requirements for health care facilities that will require emergency plans; policies and procedures; a communication plan; and training and testing.
This ASHE Annual session recording explores the unique risks in health care facilities, emergency... read more
This webinar recording explores ways to increase awareness and reporting of workplace violence in... read more
This Inside ASHE article covers emergency management mobile technology.
This webinar recording explains how a well-designed emergency power system can help health care facilities provide uninterrupted patient care and comfort during routine power outages—as well as during unplanned outages.
This Excel tool provides a checklist for environmental tours, including items related to fire safety, safety management, utilities, infection control, hazardous material, security, medical equipment, emergency management, and staff knowledge.
This downloadable Word document is a sample policy for labeling electrical panels and utilities for shut downs.
This downloadable Word document is a policy on maintaining utility system drawings and documents to aid in the shutdown process during emergencies.
This downloadable inspection log can help your facility maintain battery powered lights for use in emergencies.
This article from Inside ASHE magazine suggests questions to ask at staff meetings to help with emergency preparedness.
This article explains the process of witness testing for health care critical electrical equipment.
This Inside ASHE article explores efforts to make U.S. hospitals more resilient, including an initiative from the White House focused on protecting hospitals from natural disasters.
This Inside ASHE article explains how proper fire protection system design can improve HCAHPS scores and raise satisfaction.
This article from Inside ASHE includes survey data from three surveys regarding essential electrical systems, including data from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
ASHE developed this risk assessment tool to help health care facility professionals comply with the risk-based, patient-focused approach required by NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Codes... read more
Hospitals face new requirements and more challenges today than ever before. These challenges demand a holistic approach to EP system management—blending utility management... read more
Electrical equipment requires regular repair and maintenance, yet this critical work is often deferred in hospitals because it is difficult to gain approval to turn off the... read more
This webpage contains a variety of conference recordings that ASHE members can access for free. These on-demand seminars allow members to learn about topics such as code compliance; facility... read more
This generator inspection checklist is based on charts in the Annex of the 2013 edition of NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems. The emergency power supply system... read more
This article from the 2014 ASHE Advocacy Report explains how Hurricane Sandy and other disasters show the need for updated codes and standards related to emergency preparedness.
This Inside ASHE article relates the experiences of a hospital hit hard by Hurricane Katrina and its long road to recovery.
This Inside ASHE article discusses how lessons one hospital learned in Hurricane Floyd helped the facility deal with Superstorm Sandy.
This improved version of the hazard vulnerability assessment (HVA) that many health care institutions are currently using is intended to help health care facility... read more
This tool was developed by ASHE member James Kari, who began with the HVA tool originally published by Kaiser and made widely available. Kari adapted... read more
This session uses the University of Colorado Hospital's response to the tragic theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., as an example to guide your preparations to protect employees and patients and successfully respond to incidents.
When natural disasters challenge the delivery of patient care, the infrastructure of a health care facility becomes more important than... read more
This CMS fire safety survey form is used to rate a resident on risk factors during a fire. Rate the resident for each risk factor in the checklist.
Because water supplies can and do fail, it is imperative for hospitals and other health care facilities to be prepared to respond to... read more
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Guidance for Establishing Standards of Care for Use in Disaster Situations, at the request of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for... read more
From the time this document was originally published in August 1997, so much has happened around the world in regards to natural and man-made disasters that the author recognized... read more
Tools for emergency preparedness in health care facilities: hazard vulnerability analysis tools, disaster recovery checklist, emergency readiness assessment tools, medical-surgical supply formulary for disaster planning
Healthcare organizations with an emergency power system (EPSS) are required to have a testing and maintenance program for the system and its various components. However, routine... read more
This memo from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) highlights the requirements for a Type I Essential Electrical System with a generator in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs).
This checklist cites basic security practices that facilities should already have attained or be in the process of implementing. Organizations can use this tool... read more
This checklist produced by the Greater New York Hospital Association itemizes potential facility issues for review after a disaster and is not to be construed as... read more
The most critical function that can be performed by a hospital in its emergency planning is to routinely assess its preparedness and take action as... read more
These disaster supply formularies were compiled by the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management... read more