What drills and exercises are hospitals required to participate in?
There are different requirements for the various accrediting
bodies and grant requirements. For example, the Hospital
Preparedness Program grant may require participation in the
Annual Statewide Medical Health Exercise.
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) Compliance for
Healthcare Objective 7 states that NIMS concepts and principles
are promoted into all organization-related training and
The Joint Commission in EM03.01.03 outlines requirements for
hospitals in this area. The hospital must activate it’s Emergency
Operations Plan twice a year and at least one of them must
include an escalating event in which the local community is
unable to support the event, and at least one includes
participation in a community-wide exercise.