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Tip of the Week: Hospital evacuation drills

Hospital Safety Insider, November 4, 2010

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Performing evacuation drills in hospitals can be a vital safety measure for staff and patients. The following is an excerpt from our Briefings on Hospital Safety newsletter:

When it comes to vulnerable patients in her hospital, emergency management director Meg Femino says she can think of none more fragile than the tiny babies in the neonatal ICU (NICU).

This is one of the reasons why Femino chose to center an emergency exercise at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston in the middle of the NICU.

“We really took on our most vulnerable population. We didn’t make it easy for ourselves just so we would look good,” she says.

The emergency exercise took months of planning and ultimately involved city and state agencies.

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