Fire and Emergency Management for Healthcare Facilities

Fire Training + Time (when every second counts)

Are we different? Yes. Has anyone ever walked out of one of our trainings and said, "That was dull?" No. Our belief is that staff and leadership will not respond properly to a fire unless they are trained under realistic conditions. Therefore, we provide staff and leadership with appropriate hands-on training and drills to reduce the potential for loss of life and injury in a fire emergency.

Visualize this situation: 

It is 2:00 AM. A nurse on a clinical unit smells something burning. Unsure of what it is, they follow the odor to its source. The patient/resident was thought to be a "closet smoker," but no one had caught them red handed. This time they went too far. The alarm sounds just as the nurse yells "Code Red!" down the hallway. The bed is on fire and the patient/resident is partially engulfed. You have seconds to make the first decision - run and get a fire extinguisher or attempt to smother the fire and remove the patient/resident from the bed. While this is happening, the Charge Nurse is working to coordinate other responding staff.  Does the House / Nursing Supervisor even know this is happening?  60 seconds may be the difference between your team containing the fire and losing control of the situation. Your clinical and support staff train for patients/residents coding, but how much hands-on training have they had for a fire? 

If you are an RPA client, you are trained on:

  • Suppression - How to properly smother a fire on a patient's/resident's clothing while protecting their airway and yourself (is there really time to get a fire extinguisher in that situation?)

  • Smoke Awareness - We put staff through simulated smoke conditions.  If you have not seen a true smoke condition, how can you know if it is safe to enter a room filling with smoke?

  • Sheet Slide Bed Removal Techniques - Staff learn and practice how to safely remove non-ambulatory patients/residents from their bed and bring them to the floor to be removed from the fire room.
  • Surgical Fires - We provide training for surgeons, anesthesia providers, nurses and technologists for ORs and procedural areas including:
    - Seminars for Grand Rounds or "late-start" days.
    - Hands-on suppression of fires on surgical patients.
    - Evacuation simulations of single or multiple rooms.
    - Special evacuation programs for robotics, open heart, Cath/EP Labs, etc.
    - Managing a fire in the Post Anesthesia Care Units where patients are incapable of self-preservation.

IN ADDITION

The Joint Commission is actively involved in the prevention and management of surgical fires and has clearly stated that surveyors will "gown up" and go into the OR to question surgical staff during accreditation surveys. (Why TJC is so actively involved)

Additionally, there is a collaborative that has formed with agencies throughout the nation on Preventing Surgical Fires. To learn more, please visit their website.

  • Specialty Inpatient Training - Fire and evacuation training for high-risk areas such as critical care (NICU/PICU/ICU), Sub-acute care, Dementia-secured or locked Behavioral Health units
  • Leadership Training - Focused training on critical thinking to guide the facility through a fire emergency. Leadership meetings are intended to focus on short and long-term initiatives to improve patient/resident safety.
  • Fire Drills - We can complete them for you or work with your internal team to make fire drills a meaningful experience; not just checking a box to maintain compliance.  Drill effectively & respond efficiently.

  • Resident Training - We provide educational opportunities for residents to focus on fire prevention, fire safety, and their response during a fire (Assisted Living / Senior Independent Living).

  • Annual Training Services - Annual training services include training for staff and leadership on fire procedures, current case studies on outcomes of recent fires and a telephone helpline for safety and regulatory compliance-related questions.

News Coverage:

Click here to view a video of the training that MidState Medical Center goes through annually with all of their leadership, clinical, ancillary and support staff.  The video shows some of the hands-on fire suppression and educational components, but add to that the live smoke training, leadership training and fire response team training and you can visualize the complete package.

Procedure Design:

It is also always important to look at what needs to be completed BEFORE the training can take place (see Specialized Fire Consulting):

  • A fire protection survey of your facility will verify appropriate evacuation sites that can support continuity of care
  • Development of custom-designed general and department-specific fire procedures. Department-specific procedures focus on the roles and responsibilities of staff in those areas (e.g., specific emergency strategies for disconnection of medical equipment in OR/ICU areas)

Training Tool:

If you are looking for tools to supplement your internal training or to complement the RPA training when new staff are hired or for those that missed training, add R.A.C.E. for Safety to your organization.

Seminars:

Ask about the seminars we can provide to regional or state associations as well as corporate groups.

CONSULTING SERVICES
RESOURCE LIBRARY
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY
Code consulting, life safety assessments, full evacuation plans and fire safety procedures.

Guidance tools have been prepared to help you better protect patients in a fire or disaster.

We will help you be organized and be connected when it matters the most.