POLICY:
 
In case of a bomb threat, the ultimate concern is for the 
safety of the patients, visitors, employees and professional 
staff.
 
PROCEDURE:
 
1.  Questions to ask caller
    A.  WHO is calling please?
    B.  WHERE is the bomb right now?
    C.  WHAT does the bomb look like?
    D.  WHEN is the bomb going to explode?
    E.  WHY are you trying to harm others?
 
2.  What to do
    A.  Keep the caller on the line as long as possible.
    B.  Attract the attention of nearby persons to call local 
        law enforcement authorities.
    C.  Complete bomb threat record form if available to you.
    D.  Listen for background noise, speech patterns, any 
        accent which may be helpful to authorities.
 
3.  Notify Administrator and Medical Director.
 
4.  Secure facility from entry by unauthorized personnel.
 
5.  If there is no procedure underway, evacuate suite 
    immediately.  If there is a procedure underway which 
    prevents the immediate evacuation of all staff and 
    patients, anyone not critically important to completion 
    of the procedure should be evacuated.  Then, while 
    awaiting stabilization of patient to allow evacuation, 
 staff may initiate search of facility with goal of 
    putting as many walls between those unable to evacuate 
    and the explosive device.  If all persons can be 
    evacuated, personnel should not delay evacuation to
    search for device
 
    A.  Check all closets, cupboards, toilet tanks, lockers, 
        storage rooms, etc.
    B.  Check all rooms accessible to the public. Check under 
        furniture, public rest rooms and all common areas.
    C.  In each area, designate someone familiar with an area 
        to perform the search.  Close door when completed to 
        inform others the area has been searched.
 
6.  If a suspicious object is located, DO NOT TOUCH.  Close 
    door to the area where suspicious object is located.  Put 
    as much room and as many closed doors between the object 
    and those who cannot be safely evacuated.  (If it is 
    impossible to evacuate from the building, a minimum of 
    three walls from the object is advised).  
 
7.  The decision to evacuate the building will be made by the 
    senior medical person on site or by law enforcement
    personnel; the surgeon on site has the final authority 
    in the on-going care of any patient(s) on the scene.
 
8.  When safe and feasible to evacuate, close all doors to
    all rooms and closets, turn off all medical gases, and 
    close all fire doors prior to evacuation.
 
9.  Do not re-enter the facility until authorized by 
    emergency personnel.

See the 'BOMB THREAT CALLER CHECKLIST' on the Forms website. 

Approved By Governing Board
DP.2
Control #239.0