Emergency Management in Health Care: An All-Hazards Approach

Emergency Management in Health Care: An All-Hazards Approach
5th Ed.
2022 © Joint Commission Resources, Inc.
Joint Commission Resources
Carolyn Schierhorn, MA
ISBN-13: 978-1-63585-209-7
eISBN-13: 978-1-63585-210-3
Emergency Medicine, Healthcare Administration


Public health crises, such as COVID-19, natural disasters from wildfires to tornados, and human-caused emergencies, including mass shootings and cyberattacks, has risen in recent years, putting healthcare organizations on high alert. Because of the unpredictability of emergencies, The Joint Commission champions an all-hazards approach to emergency management (EM), reflected in its requirements.

Emergency Management in Health Care: All All-Hazards Approach, 5th edition, is a comprehensive, up-to-date resource to help all types of healthcare organizations plan for a wide range of emergencies. This new edition has been completely revised to reflect The Joint Commission’s new “Emergency Management” chapter for hospitals and critical access hospitals (effective July 1, 2022) and continues to address the EM planning needs of all healthcare settings.

Key topics in the 5th edition:

  • • All EM standards across health care settings, with a special focus on the new EM requirements for hospitals and critical access hospitals
  • • Hazard vulnerability analysis
  • • The Emergency Operations Plan, including the six critical EM areas: communications, staff management, patient care, resources, and assets, safety, and security, and utilities management
  • • The four phases of EM: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery
  • • Continuity of operations plan
  • • Disaster recovery and after-action reports
  • • Staff education and training as well as emergency response exercises and drills
  • • EM program evaluation and improvement

Key Features:

  • • More than 30 downloadable, customizable tools, including standards compliance checklists, sample EM policies and procedures, and worksheets and forms to use during the emergency
  • • EM resources from authoritative entities

Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"New emergency managers along with others involved in continuity of operations and emergency operations planning will find this more detailed third edition easier to navigate and follow than similar books in the field."

-- Janet Sprehe, DNP, MSN, BSN (James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital)Doody's Review - previous edition


Emergency preparedness managers, administrators, and clinical staff who are in charge of managing disaster preparedness and emergency management operations will find this book essential. It is written clearly and concisely for those new to emergency management and those with substantial knowledge in the field, to prepare them to provide comprehensive emergency planning, mitigation, response, and recovery for organizations across the continuum of care.

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