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Emergency Preparedness and Infectious Disease
On 2/1/19 the CMS Director of Quality, Safety and Oversite Group issued a memo regarding emergency preparedness in the event of an infectious disease outbreak to State Survey Agency Directors.
The section in the State Operations Manual reads:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is adding “emerging infectious diseases” to the current definition of all-hazards approach. After review, CMS determined it was critical for facilities to include planning for infectious diseases within their emergency preparedness program. In light of events such as the Ebola Virus and Zika, we believe that facilities should consider preparedness and infection prevention within their all-hazards approach, which covers both natural and man-made disasters.”
The State Operations Manual Appendix Z:
Emergency Preparedness for All Provider and Certified Supplier Types
Interpretive Guidance Rev. 186, Issued: 03-04-19
Effective: 03-04-2019, Implementation: 03-04-2019)
Integrated Approach to Emergency Preparedness
An all-hazards approach is an integrated approach to emergency preparedness that focuses on identifying hazards and developing emergency preparedness capacities and capabilities that can address those as well as a wide spectrum of emergencies or disasters. This approach includes preparedness for natural, man-made, and or facility emergencies that may include but is not limited to: care-related emergencies; equipment and power failures; interruptions in communications, including cyber-attacks; loss of a portion or all of a facility; and, interruptions in the normal supply of essentials, such as water and food.
Planning for using an all-hazards approach should also include emerging infectious disease (EID) threats. Examples of EIDs include Influenza, Ebola, Zika Virus and others. All facilities must develop an all-hazards emergency preparedness program and plan.
Kentucky Contact Numbers for:
- Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Prevention – (502) 564-3161 ext. 4129
- Immunizations – (502) 564-4478
- Reportable Diseases – (502) 564-3261
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention and Control – (502) 564-4804
- Tuberculosis Prevention and Control – (502) 564-4276
- Viral Hepatitis Prevention Section – (502) 564-3261, ext. 3161