Long-Term Care

Creating a fire, disaster, and life safety plan

LTC Clinical Pearls: Powered by HCPro's Long-Term Care Nursing Library, July 9, 2013

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F517 §483.75(m)(1) notes that the facility must have detailed written plans and procedures to meet all potential emergencies and disasters, such as fire, severe weather, and missing residents. §483.75(m)(2) requires each facility to teach employees emergency procedures when they begin to work in the facility. Periodically review the procedures, and carry out unannounced staff drills using those procedures. The Interpretive Guidelines §483.75(m) note:

  • The facility should tailor its disaster plan to its geographic location and the types of residents it serves. “Periodic review” is a judgment made by the facility based on its unique circumstances. Changes in physical plant or changes external to the facility can cause a review of the disaster review plan. The purpose of a “staff drill” is to test the efficiency, knowledge, and response of institutional personnel in the event of an emergency. Unannounced staff drills are directed at the responsiveness of staff, and care should be taken not to disturb or excite residents.
  • Review disaster and emergency preparedness plans, including plans for natural or man-made disasters.
  • Note: Also, construct probes relevant to geographically specific natural emergencies (e.g., for areas prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, or floods, each of which may require a different response).
     



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