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Tip of the week: Create an ED buffer zone during an emergency

Hospital Safety Insider, June 24, 2010

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Pedestrian access control requires planning. Many hospitals are built to be "community friendly" and therefore do not necessarily have perimeter fencing or barricades in place. It helps to create a buffer area in front of the emergency department to allow for outdoor triage if you anticipate a large number of casualties.

Your safety and security team can make an announcement for people to move any vehicles parked near the triage entrance and ambulance area to make room for outdoor equipment setup. The backup plan is usually to tow any remaining vehicles if nobody moves them, and typically your security staff will notify the towing agency.

For more tips, check out The Emergency Management Coordinator's Handbook for Hospitals by clicking here.



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