How should hospitals decide what to include in their drills and exercises?
The hospital’s Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) assists
exercise planners in identifying threats facing the facility. The
facility’s HVA provides a list of top scenarios to base future
drills and exercises on. Additionally, past after action reports
and improvement plans provide previously identified areas for
improvement that can be tested.
Community-wide discussions and planning with local and regional
emergency preparedness committees take into account the
Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan, which includes specific
capabilities and objectives that could also be evaluated in
future exercises. The identified objectives help address general
exercise program goals, provide a framework for scenario
development, guide development of individual organizational
objectives, and supply evaluation criteria.
Additionally, The Joint Commission lists specific activities and
observations to be monitored in exercises in EM.03.01.03 that can
be used in future exercises.