The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has issued an alert that urges health care organizations to pay attention to how emergency power systems can fail, and recommends steps to keep patients safe in the event of a disaster or other major event. Reports after the 2001 floods in Houston, the 2003 blackout in the Northeast and hurricanes that have hammered the Southeast during the past two years show how severely clinical operations can be affected in health care organizations that lose their electrical power. The alert brings the reality of these risks to the attention of the nation’s health care organizations, and offers solutions to avoiding adverse patient care events during electrical power failures.
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