Mitigate Risk at Your Hospital with Compliance

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Consistency & Efficiency for Facility Compliance

Compliance. A well-known word to those who work in the medical field. According to Merriam-Webster, compliance is, “the act or process of doing what you have been asked or ordered to do.” Many organizations require compliance for hospitals, such as OSHA, The Joint Commission, and others. It can become difficult for hospitals to juggle these requirements and continually meet them. Today we want to help by offering some tips on how you can manage compliance needs and schedules at your hospital. Read More

Mitigating Continuous Risk at Hospitals Series

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Fire Hazards & Reducing Risk

Hospitals and healthcare facilities are one of many places with continuous risks, meaning safety and security must be well planned and up-to-date. Fire hazards are one of the many hazards and concerns we will talk about this week during our series, “Mitigating Continuous Risk at Your Hospital.” Fire hazards are one aspect that can be easily maintained, thus reducing the risk involved. But the only way to make that possible is to stay on top of certain aspects that cause the most concern to a hospital. Click through to see how these 6 areas of concern can be mitigated to reduce fire risk. Read More

Emergency Operating Procedures

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What You Need to Know & Address

Emergency Operating Procedures (EOPs) are critical to emergency planning and preparedness for any facility. According to FEMA, emergency operating procedures means, “A document that assigns responsibility to organizations and individuals for carrying out specific actions at projected times and places in an emergency that exceeds the capability or routine responsibility of any one agency.”

Many people working on EOPs confuse them with plans; however, they are much different because emergency operating procedures are not as specific as emergency plans. Plans will be very emergency operating proceduresspecific and will differ according to emergency type such as fire, active shooter, flooding, etc. Procedures on the other hand are broader and say “if there’s a fire, the fire department will respond and take over the response.” Read More

Rapid Responder Meets Your Healthcare Facilities Joint Commission Requirements

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Get the Most Out Of Your Accreditation with Rapid Responder

The healthcare industry has many standards and requirements to meet, the most well-known and comprehensive being the Joint Commission Standards. “The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. Their accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects commitment to meeting certain performance standards.” The standards can be difficult to meet on your own, but Rapid Responder helps your healthcare facility meet a variety of them. Today we want to give you 6 specific Joint Commission Standards that Rapid Responder meets for your medical center: Read More

Hospital Safety With Effective Design

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Building a Safer Hospital

Wet floor sign for hospital safetyHealthcare facilities, especially hospitals are seeing the increased need for more security, but they still want to keep an aesthetically pleasing environment for their patients and visitors. Architects and others are working to figure out how security can be optimized for increased hospital safety, while still offering a peaceful environment. Today we want to give you some best practices on how you can boost safety and security in your healthcare facility through effective design. Read More

Rapid Responder: Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions

Many times, people see Rapid Responder and wonder what exactly it is. Once they find out, a variety of other questions begin to surface about the product, the implementation and the maintenance of it. Today we want to take some time and answer some of the commonly asked questions about Rapid Responder.

We started by collecting questions from our operations and sales team who travel often and speak with many potential users. Here are some common questions and answers they often run into while speaking with customers and providing demos. Read More

Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) vs. Rapid Responder

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Rapid Responder Logo high resWhich System is Best for Your Needs?

The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN), is a “trusted network for homeland security mission operations to share Sensitive But Unclassified information.”1 It is used by Federal, State, Local, Territorial, Tribal, International, and Private Sector partners on a nomination and acceptance basis. Rapid Responder however is an all hazards emergency preparedness and crisis management system that is SAFETY Act Certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and utilized by public and private schools, places of worship, healthcare facilities, stadium, ports and seaports, government facilities, and other critical infrastructure. Both have their admirable qualities, but one is more all-inclusive for most facilities and organizations that are looking to increase preparedness and aid their responders in an effective response. Read More

Improve Patient Information Security at Your Hospital

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information securitySimple Tips on Keeping Patient Information Safe from Theft

Having security over personal information at a hospital is critical to mitigating risk and legal action. The Identity Theft Resource Center conducted a survey and drew the conclusion that, “medical-related identity theft accounted for 43 percent of all identity thefts reported in the United States in 2013.” This is a staggering statistic and a topic to be proactive against in your hospital. Today we want to give you some tips to ensure patient information is secure and avoid medical identity theft from becoming a growing issue. Read More

Minnesota Communities Invited to Learn About Rapid Responder

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Complimentary Webinar Showcasing Firsthand Experience & Rapid Responder Effectiveness

Prepared Response, Inc. is offering a complimentary webinar where attendees can expect to learn about Rapid Responder®, the industry leading emergency management and crisis response system. Minnesota communities and facilities will see how Rapid Responder increases their safety and security via a live demonstration, viewing features specific to the system. Jeff Trick, Carver County Deputy & SRO for SouthWest Metro Educational Cooperative will give a firsthand user experience and explain how Rapid Responder has aided his district and community with crisis preparedness and efficient response time to any incident. Read More

12 Topics for Monthly Safety Meetings

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Keep Your Safety Team Engaged & Use All Meetings for Training & Educationsafety meetings

Sometimes the most difficult part of safety meetings and what makes them less than effective, is not knowing what to discuss. We always recommend having a safety meeting once a month, but sometimes, there aren’t any safety issues to discuss. When those instances occur, take the opportunity to discuss new topics, or for training. Today we are going to give you 12 ideas for topics that you can use this year in your monthly safety meetings. Read More