Fire in a health-care facility poses a serious threat for patients, visitors and staff. Patients in the ambulatory surgery setting may be especially vulnerable in a fire emergency; therefore, non-hospital facilities must be physically prepared and staff ready to respond.
Being prepared includes, but is not limited to:
- having written policies and procedures for emergencies including fire, flood and gas leaks
- training staff on patient evacuation priorities, fire alarms and extinguishers, exit routes, location of utility shut-offs
- conducting periodic emergency drills
Once the danger to patients and staff has been eliminated, emergencies, such as fire, flood, hazardous spills, and gas leaks are to be immediately reported to the College. Depending on the extent of the damage, the non-hospital facility may be required to suspend its operations until otherwise directed by the College.