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Taking care of business: How hospital electrical shutdowns can facilitate emergency management


Managing hospital electrical shutdowns is more important than ever in light of increasing concern about the impact electrical power outages can have on hospital operations. Electrical distribution equipment requires regular repair or maintenance, yet often this critical work is deferred because it is too difficult for the hospital facility director to get clinical permission to turn off the power. If equipment is not regularly shut down for maintenance, unexpected failures will be more probable, and then it is too late to train the clinicians in this aspect of the Environment of Care. This management monograph demonstrates the credible need, plans, communicates, trains clinicians, and provides guidance for conducting safe, effective building-wide or multiple building electrical shutdowns, based on specific case studies and lessons learned at other hospitals. It also discusses the interrelationships between proactive shutdown management and emergency management concepts.