One of the things hospital personnel hate the most are Fire Drills. Most hospitals tody have automatic doors that close during a Fire Alarm, and when the Alarm is heard we have to go from room-to-room; telling everyone what’s going on, making sure fire lanes are clear, and removing flammable materials from escape routes.
THIS is why:
Fire burns NYC hospital; 600 patients moved
Jan 22 12:16 AM US/Eastern
By MARCUS FRANKLIN; Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) – A fire at a major hospital sent smoke pouring through an emergency room Wednesday, injuring at least six firefighters and forcing 600 patients to be moved across the sprawling complex.The fire began shortly before 6:30 p.m. in a second-floor mechanical room at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan and spread to a first-floor emergency room, Fire Department spokesman Frank Dwyer said. The fire was confined to the mechanical room and the cause was not known.
There were no reports of injuries among patients.
Nope; because the staff performed a “horizontal evacuation” away from the fire. That’s what we practice for.
Hours later, patients that had been forced to flee were being allowed back to their floors, said a hospital spokesman in a statement released at 10:55 p.m.
Jesus Ochoa, 43, a patient awaiting a surgical procedure, was with family in his eighth-floor room when an alarm went off, said his daughter, Jessica Ochoa. Ochoa said she saw and smelled smoke: “We couldn’t breathe.”
A nurse initially told the family members to stay in the room, but a hospital staffer then instructed them to put wet towels across their faces and led them to the ground floor of a nearby building, Jessica Ochoa said.
Just like all hospital personnell everywhere train. Textbook case.
Hospital representatives did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment. Mount Sinai, which occupies four square blocks on the city’s Upper East Side, was founded in downtown Manhattan in 1852.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of too many 157 year old buildings that would catch fire and 1200 people survived unharmed.
Good work, Mount Sinai!