The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in a 48-page position paper urged the U.S. to make sure communities create emergency-preparedness programs and establish a way to evaluate and hold the programs accountable. Among 41 specific recommendations, the JCAHO advised the government to: encourage the transition to a community-focused approach to emergency preparedness from an organization-specific approach; fund a credentialing database to support a national emergency volunteer system for healthcare professionals; and make direct caregivers the highest priority for training and receipt of protective gear. A 28-member expert panel helped prepare the report, which is the second product of the JCAHO's 2-year-old public policy initiative. Read the report-- by Julie Piotrowski
JCAHO urges U.S. to facilitate emergency-preparedness programs
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