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Turning Recommendations Into Improvements

Moving from recommendations to changes in policies and procedures is the purpose of the exercise. The goal of enhancing our emergency response process does not come without actual changes being made. Examples of changes in the emergency plans made by laboratories who have performed a debrief after exercises and real events include:
  1. Initiating a defined administrator on call 24/7 for the department
  2. Scheduling a review and test of the fan-out communications list quarterly
  3. Creating a "mini" blood bank laboratory in another building
  4. Signing a written agreement with another local laboratory to perform testing in the event of an on-site emergency event preventing the use of some or all of the laboratory
  5. Evaluating supply levels to ensure a five-day supply was available on-site
  6. Working with other laboratory section managers to define tasks that could be done without or with only minimal competency assessment requirements
  7. Ensuring all staff members could find critical locations in the facility
  8. Having facility maps at the ready