Nursing Home Incident Command System (NHICS) 2017   [open pdf - 16MB]

From the Introduction: "All nursing homes should be prepared for and exhibit resiliency when faced with any type of incident, ranging from an internal emergency that affects only one facility to a large, regional disaster that simultaneously affects many healthcare facilities and the community. The Incident Command System (ICS) provides a practical, proven approach to disaster management that is an integral part of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). [...] The streamlined approach presented in this Guidebook and Toolkit reflects the need to prioritize resident care and acknowledges the staffing limitations faced by many facilities. However, it is important to recognize that there are certain unalterable tasks that must occur when responding to any emergency; these NHICS [Nursing Home Incident Command System] documents provide a road map for accomplishing those essential tasks. NHICS provides standardization that can markedly improve the ability of an organization to successfully respond to a disaster. The purpose of this document is to provide the information necessary for nursing home administrators and staff to understand the principles of NHICS and embrace its implementation before it's needed."

2017 California Association of Health Facilities, Nursing Home Incident Command System. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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