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Fire Focus: New Tool Targets Fire Drills

The Joint Commission is asking hospitals to use a new fire drill matrix to track when fire drills were conducted in an effort to ensure they comply with Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirements to hold drills under various conditions. Commission surveyors are giving the matrix to facility managers when arriving for a survey, asking that it is completed by the first or second day of the survey. The matrix is available on the ASHE website so hospitals can complete the matrix, track their fire drills, and work to vary times and dates of drills. Click here for more information.