EVACUATION OF FACILITY
Evacuation is the removal of persons from a dangerous or
potentially dangerous area to an area of safety. The need to
move persons to an outside area is determined by the
seriousness of the emergency. In most cases, areas of safety
within the facility can be created by the closing of all
doors into hallways and all fire/smoke barrier doors.
1. Partial Evacuation
This is the removal of persons to a safe location
within the facility; use of this mode of evacuation
assumes fire or other emergency can be confined to
2. Horizontal Evacuation
This is the removal of persons on a horizontal plane
(same floor level as emergency).
3. Complete Evacuation
This is the evacuation of all persons to a place of
safety outside the facility.
In the absence of the Medical Director or the necessity of
the Medical Director to be involved in direct patient care,
the senior administrative person on site will make the final
decision to evacuate; the reasons to evacuate include:
1. Moving people from unsafe to safe areas.
2. Freeing the use of the facility for the care of incoming
casualties or displaced persons.
When evacuation is necessary, the priority of evacuation is
based on the exposure to danger; ambulatory patients and
visitors may be led from the area of danger to the nearest,
safest exit. Patients unable to ambulate safely should be
evacuated using wheelchair, stretcher, or blanket carries.
When evacuation of the Operating Room is necessary, the
surgeon is responsible for the safety of the patient. The
surgical team will remain under the surgeon's control.
Recovery Room patients are the responsibility of the most
senior nursing person on site. Any patients in the
pre-operative area will be the responsibility of the most
senior administrative person on site.
When possible, the evacuation route should be different from
the route Emergency Personnel will be using as they arrive
upon the scene.
No matter the circumstances, all personnel evacuated will
meet 50 feet away from front enterance on street corner ;
the only exception to this directive will be for
patients/surgical team members who must proceed directly to
another medical facility to complete a procedure or stabilize
a patient. The purpose of a designated meeting place is to
allow a head count to be conducted by the individual
designated as responsible to conduct a final search to assure
all persons have exited safely from the facility. The
Receptionist should bring the patient sign-in sheet to assure
that all patients have been evacuated.
Approved By Governing Board