By Ann Pickren
Keeping patients, staff, and visitors informed of day-to-day and critical events is challenging enough for healthcare organizations, and the recent spike in contagious outbreaks, such as measles, adds another layer of complexity when it comes to keeping people safe.
The unpredictable nature of outbreaks demands a thoughtful approach to emergency management. How quickly an outbreak spreads and where it will hit are questions relevant to society as a whole — and healthcare facilities, in particular, where so many vulnerable patients reside. Timely and effective communication is essential to ensure that staff can act quickly, and there are key recommendations to consider when developing emergency communications plans based on required mandates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center of Disease Control (CDC).[Read more…] about The Invisible Threat: Planning for Infectious Outbreaks in Healthcare Facilities