JCHAO Will Include Terror Emergency Preparedness In Hospital Quality Reviews

Prompted by the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has issued a 24-page advisory emphasizing the need for a new level of hospital preparedness to respond to bioterror attacks, and providing tips on compliance. Hospitals that fail to take adequate steps risk losing their JCAHO accreditation.

Among the tips for compliance:
Preparation should include names of people to contact at the FBI an

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