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Guidelines for evacuation procedures to be followed in case of an internal disasters to protect patients, staff and/or visitors.
The purpose of this policy is to outline guidelines for evacuation procedures to be followed in case of an internal disaster where patients, staff and/or visitors would have to be evacuated as a result of a disaster, which threatens the well being of building occupants.
Evacuation maps are positioned in the halls at critical points. Evacuation routes are indicated on the evacuation map. Patients threatened by smoke, heat, flame or other immediate danger will be removed to a safe location at the direction of the highest-ranking official at the scene. Staff will follow the RACE procedure: Rescue, Alarm, Contain and Evacuate. It is unusual to evacuate an entire medical center. Most times a side to side horizontal evacuation is sufficient to meet patient care needs. Only under the order of the City of Long Beach Fire Department or Hospital administration would an entire medical center evacuation occur.
A. The Administrator-on-Call or the Incident Commander if responsible for:
B. Employees are responsible for:
II. Decision to Evacuate
The decision to evacuate an area of the hospital (horizontal evacuation) or the entire hospital (vertical evacuation) will be made by one of the following in collaboration with the others listed below:
III. General Procedures
A. Horizontal Evacuation
For in-patient areas, which require limited evacuation, the following shall be included:
a. Check with your supervisor to see if specialized evacuation equipment is available for your area (e.g. aprons to transport babies, Weevac evacuation sled in NICU, evacuation chairs). You need to know the location and proper method for using such equipment in an evacuation. Remember, two people to carry a person down the stairs may use chairs.
b. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has specific evacuation equipment appropriate for the population (baby Weevac sled and kangaroo pouches)
B. Vertical Evacuation
III. Education & Training
New hire staff receive emergency preparedness training at hospital orientation. All staff receives emergency preparedness training annually with the self-learning manuals. During department orientation and training, staff learns about their department's role in emergency preparedness, emergency response plan and department specific evacuation plans. Evacuation and fire route training occurs every year at St. Mary Medical Center for staff familiarity of fire doors, exits, meeting places and stairwells.