Location and use of fire alarms.
Location and use of fire extinguishers.
Location of emergency exits.
b. Oxygen supports combustion. Post signs to show that oxygen is in use
where applicable. If a patient is receiving oxygen as part of his treatment, be sure that
the patient, his roommates, and visitors know that smoking is prohibited.
Smoking is prohibited in treatment areas of most health care facilities.
c. If a fire occurs, follow these steps:
Activate the fire alarm procedures.
Turn off oxygen, lights, and any electrical equipment in the vicinity of the
Remove the patients who are in immediate danger.
Notify the hospital "switchboard" of the location of the fire.
Close windows and doors to reduce ventilation.
Using the fire extinguisher, attempt to extinguish the fire.
Return patients who are not endangered to their rooms.
Post a guard to direct the fire department.
PATIENT CARE ENVIRONMENT SAFETY MEASURES
a. Identify patients at risk for injury. Those at special risk include:
Elderly or confused patients.
Patients with impaired vision or hearing.
Patients with impaired mobility (wheelchairs, walkers, and partial