1. A suitably experienced and trained person (often the practice
manager) should be nominated as the chief warden to coordinate the overall
management of emergencies. In addition, a designated person should be
nominated each shift to act in the chief warden’s absence.
should be familiar with how to recognize and act in an emergency (see
emergency response codes below). The main steps to follow are:
- detection of the emergency
- acknowledgement of the emergency
and decision on the appropriate code
- communication of the decision
- implementation of appropriate action by
3.In the event of an emergency, the
staff member involved should call the appropriate code as soon as possible to
alert the other staff members.
4.The designated chief warden should
decide if the appropriate emergency services should also be called.
The chief warden should coordinate appropriate action. Staff should act
promptly when they hear a code called. The safety of patients, staff and
visitors is paramount.
6.The following are priorities during an
7. If an emergency evacuation is required, staff should be guided by
the chief warden.
Significant actions include:
8. alerting others to the emergency
- assisting those who
need help evacuating
- leaving the area by the assigned exit or the
closest safe exit if the assigned one cannot be used
- assembling in the
assigned safe place
- not blocking the path of emergency response crews
- staying in the assigned place and following instructions
from the assigned chief warden.
9. Staff should attend
training in the emergency codes and responses for the practice in the first
month of commencement of employment and annually, including a demonstration of
codes, evacuation procedures, emergency exits and use of emergency
10.The designated chief warden should attend a formal training
program in emergency procedures.