EC Made Easy: Your Key to Understanding EC, EM, and LS, 2nd Edition
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EC Made Easy: Your Key to Understanding EC, EM, and LS, 2nd Edition

A practical toolkit filled with need-to-know information and customizable tools for those new to EC.

Release Date: August 2017. 224 pages.

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Product Description

Product Description

What do I absolutely need to know about the physical environment, emergency management, and life safety? That’s what every new accreditation and facility manager—and their leaders—ask. The environment of care can be complex, but this toolkit makes it easy to understand. The second edition of EC Made Easy has been fully updated to reflect the adoption of the 2012 Life Safety Code®.  Additionally, it reflects all the standards and survey process changes associated with The Joint Commission’s Project REFRESH and the introduction of the SAFER™ Matrix. 
Available in print or as an e-book, EC Made Easy is aimed at three major audiences: accreditation professionals unfamiliar with environment of care requirements, new facilities directors, and leadership at various levels who want to know how best to support staff in this area. Applicable to all accreditation programs, it presents key concepts in clear, concise language and a colorful and easy-to-follow format. Dozens of tools are integrated into the core content.
Key Content
  • Explains who's who and what's what in the EC 
  • Addresses key concepts in the following areas: safety; security; hazardous materials and waste; medical equipment and utility systems; fire safety and life safety; emergency management; construction; and the EC survey
  • Full of fast-read explanations and buzz word definitions
  • Includes an Appendix of resources for all key concepts
Key Features
  • Focused on concepts critical to the environment of care, life safety, and emergency management
  • More than 30 customizable tools (linked in the e-book or on the included flash drive for the print version), including checklists, worksheets, schedules, forms, labels, and other tools.
  • Glossary terms with simple, straightforward definitions
  • Developed by Joint Commission experts and customer advisors
Standards: EC, EM, LS
Settings: Ambulatory Care, Behavioral Health Care, Critical Access Hospital, Home Care, Hospital, Office-Based Surgery, Nursing Care Centers, Laboratory
Audience: The book is for those new to environment of care, including new facility managers, new accreditation professionals, and leadership at various levels

Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a wholly controlled, not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, is the official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission.

JCR is an expert resource for health care organizations, providing advisory services, educational services and publications to assist in improving quality and safety and to help in meeting the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission. JCR provides advisory services independently from The Joint Commission and in a fully confidential manner.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Table of Terms


Part 1

Chapter 1: Who’s Who in EC
The Big Idea
Key Concepts
  • Responsibility for the Environment of Care
  • Key Staff and Organizations
  • The EC Committee
  • Leadership Levels and PI
Tools of the Trade
  • Environment of Care Contact Sheet
  • Sample EC Committee Reporting Items Schedule
Chapter 2: What’s What in EC
The Big Idea
Key Concepts
  • EC Management Plans
  • EC Risk Assessments
  • Environmental Tours
  • EC Documentation
  • Improvement and ICES
  • Competent, Well-Trained Facilities Staff
Tools of the Trade
  • Sample Safety Management Plan 
  • EC Management Plan Evaluation Checklist
  • EC Tour Checklist
  • EC Assessment Checklist
  • Mock Tracer Worksheet with SAFER™ Matrix: EC Performance Monitoring

Part 2

Chapter 3: Safety 
The Big Idea
Key Concepts
  • General Safety
  • Worker Safety
  • Infection in the Environment
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls
  • Medical Gas Cylinder Storage
  • Smoke-Free Policy
  • Product Notices and Recalls
Tools of the Trade
  • Work Flow Assessment Checklist
  • Environmental Services Checklists: Cleaning of Patient Rooms
  • Smoke-Free Policy Development Checklist
  • Smoke-Free Policy Scripts
Chapter 4: Security
The Big Idea
Key Concepts
  • Access Control
  • Abductions and Elopements
  • Environmental Suicide Risks
  • Workplace Violence
  • Security Incident Reporting
  • Security Risk Assessment and Analysis
Tools of the Trade
  • Elopement Risk Decision Tree
  • Environmental Risks for Suicide Assessment Checklist
  • Environmental Risks for Workplace Violence Checklist
  • Pocket Card: Workplace Violence De-Escalation Strategies
  • Security Risk Analysis Form
Chapter 5: Hazardous Materials and Waste
The Big Idea
Key Concepts
  • Hazmat Inventory
  • Hazmat Procedures
  • Managing Specific Types of Materials
  • Labeling and Safety Data Sheets
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Responding to Hazmat Incidents
Tools of the Trade
  • Hazardous Materials Inventory Form
  • Dosimeter Log 
  • OSHA QuickCard™: Hazard Communication Standard Labels
  • Hazardous Waste Storage Inspection Checklist 
Chapter 6: Medical Equipment and Utility Systems
The Big Idea
Key Concepts
  • Medical Equipment: Managing the Program
  • Medical Equipment: Inventory
  • Medical Equipment: Maintenance
  • Medical Equipment: Responding to Failures
  • Equipment Management (EQ)
  • Utility Systems: Managing the Program
  • Utility Systems: Inventory of Operating Components
  • Utility Systems: Maintenance
  • Utility Systems: Infection Control
  • Utility Systems: Piped Medical Gas
  • Utility Systems: Emergency Power Supply System
  • Utility Systems: Responding to Failures
Tools of the Trade
  • Medical Equipment and Utility Systems: Documentation Checklist
  • AEM Program Checklist
  • Mock Tracer Worksheet: Utility Outages
Chapter 7: Fire Safety and Life Safety
The Big Idea
Key Concepts
  • Fire Safety vs. Life Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Life Safety
  • Occupancy
  • “Defend in Place” and the Unit Concept
  • Statement of ConditionsTM
Tools of the Trade
  • Sample Fire Drill Matrix
  • Fire Safety Equipment and Building Features Documentation Checklist
  • Checklist for Compliance with Standard EC.02.03.05
  • Quick-Look Door Check
Chapter 8: Emergency Management
The Big Idea
Key Concepts
  • Leadership Accountability in Emergency Management
  • Hazard Vulnerability Analysis
  • The Four Phases of Emergency Management
  • The Emergency Operations Plan
  • The Six Critical Areas of Response
  • Incident Command System
  • Community Networking
  • Emergency Response Exercises
  • Evacuation
  • Cyber Emergencies
Tools of the Trade
  • 96-Hour Operational Impact Chart
  • Sample Emergency Operations Plan Contents
  • Emergency Response Staff Training Checklist
  • Mock Tracer Worksheet: Incident Command Center
  • Emergency Response Drill Scorecard
Chapter 9: Construction
The Big Idea
Key Concepts
  • Planning and Design
  • Managing Construction Risks
  • Commissioning
Tools of the Trade
  • Construction Project Cost Worksheet
  • Room Data Sheet
  • Mock Tracer Worksheet: Construction Site


Chapter 10: The EC Survey
The Big Idea
Key Concepts
  • The On-Site Survey Process
  • The Survey Analysis for Evaluating Risk™ (SAFER™) Matrix
  • After the Survey
  • Continuous Compliance
Tools of the Trade
  • Required EC Documentation Checklist
  • Tracer Questions and the Mock Tracer Form
  • On-Site Survey Readiness Checklist
  • The SAFER™ Matrix

Appendix: Resources

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