What is an After Action Report (AAR)? Are hospitals required to write an AAR after each event or exercise? Each time they activate their Hospital Command Center (HCC)?
The After Action Report (AAR) captures observations of an
exercise and makes recommendations for post-exercise
improvements. The AAR then is used to develop Improvement Plans
(IP). HSEEP AAR examples can be found on the HSEEP website.
The Joint Commission requires a hospital designee whose sole
responsibility during emergency response exercises is to monitor
performance and document opportunities for improvement in
EM.03.01.03 and specifies that all emergency response exercises
include the identification of deficiencies and opportunities for
improvement. Developing an AAR meets the criteria.