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Communications Plan

Communication is critical to disaster response. The new regulations require a coordinated and collaborative relationship with state and local governments and with healthcare providers during an emergency. This can only be accomplished with effective communication.
In addition to complying with other state and federal regulations, the facility must develop and maintain an emergency preparedness communication plan that allows the facility to make timely contact with appropriate staff, physicians, and other necessary persons to allow continuation of patient care functions. Maintaining telephone fan-out lists can be challenging as staffing changes. The fan-out list should be tested periodically after it has been updated to ensure that it works.
In addition, the facility must ensure that the medical information necessary to safety treat patients can be communicated in a timely manner to those who need it.