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.