Laboratory Emergency Preparedness (Online Course)

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Author: Suzanne H. Butch, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM, SBB, DLM
Reviewer: Andrea Arlen, MLS(ASCP)CM

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Continuing Education Credits

  • P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours: 1 hour(s)
  • Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Science CE - Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety: 1 hour(s)


  • Define emergency management.
  • Discuss the focus of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) requirements for emergency preparedness.
  • Describe the use of emergency exercises in emergency preparedness.

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Course Outline

  • What Is Emergency Management?
      • Emergency Management
      • Emergency Planning From You to The President
      • Regional, State, Local, and Laboratory Emergency Management Structure
      • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources
      • A Personal/Family Plan
      • Training
      • Which agency would be the most helpful in planning for a flu pandemic?
      • The safety coordinator for the laboratory is looking for information to enhance the earthquake response for the laboratory. What agency's web site has...
  • CMS Requirements for Emergency Management
      • Core Elements
      • All Hazards Risk Assessment
      • Another Example of a Risk Assessment Tool
      • Policies and Procedures
      • Communications Plan
      • Training and Testing
      • Emergency Fuel and Generator Testing
      • When a facility or health system has an emergency plan in place, which of the following is generally a responsibility of the facility to coordinate, r...
      • The laboratory safety officer is interested in expanding the emergency management plan. What should be the first step?
  • Describe the use of emergency exercises in emergency preparedness
    • Practice, Practice, Practice
      • Types of Practice Events
      • Announced Tests or Unannounced Tests
      • The laboratory manager is planning a test of the communications plan. What should be done first?
      • Designing an Event
      • Participants
      • FEMA Planning Checklist
    • Types of Exercises
      • Tabletop Exercise
      • Simulations/Mock Events
      • Modular or Component Exercise
      • Comprehensive Events
    • After Action Report
      • After Action Report
    • Lessons Learned
      • Turning Recommendations Into Improvements
      • The laboratory manager is reviewing the After Action Report (AAR). What should be the next step?
    • Sample Exercises
      • Communications Fan-Out
      • Federal Exercises
      • Water
      • Active Shooter Procedures and Training
      • Loss of Power
      • Disease of the Month
      • Fire
      • Blood Bank Emergency Release
      • Let It Snow
      • In an active shooter situation, what is the current order of actions that individuals faced with this situation should take?
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Introductory

Intended Audience: This is an introductory-level management course for medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, and technicians. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science students and pathology residents.

Author information: Suzanne H. Butch, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM, SBB, DLM is currently working on special projects for the Department of Pathology at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She formerly worked in Quality Assurance in the Department of Pathology and as the Administrative Manager for Healthcare, Blood Bank & Transfusion Service at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She holds a Bachelors in Medical Technology from the University of Michigan, a Masters Degree in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University, and Certifications as a Specialist in Blood Bank, as a Quality Audit, and as a Diplomate in Laboratory Medicine. She has edited books and written numerous book chapters and articles and has been invited to present numerous lectures in the field of computerization in the blood bank, automation, and transfusion medicine.

Reviewer information: Andrea Arlen, MLS(ASCP)CM, is currently the Quality Assurance Coordinator and Senior Clinical Technologist in the Molecular Diagnostics department at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Andrea also holds certifications in both LEAN Healthcare from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and Molecular Laboratory Diagnostics from Michigan State University, East Lancing, MI. 

Course Description: Emergency management is planning for, responding to, and recovering from an emergency event. While disaster planning has been a requirement of laboratory accrediting agencies, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published new requirements for emergency management. This course will focus on the goals of the CMS requirements.

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