HCPro delivers desperately needed nursing home evacuation training

Press Releases, June 23, 2004

June 23, 2004-MARBLEHEAD, MA-With recent fires in Connecticut and Tennessee nursing homes resulting in a number of deaths-and more Americans entering long-term care facilities than ever before-fire safety, prevention and evacuation have become critical issues in the long-term care industry.

Despite this fact, a recent Kent State University case study indicates that an overwhelming number of nursing homes still lack the most essential evacuation planning.


Even National Fire Protection Association President James M. Shannon addressed this issue in a press release, suggesting that while the nursing home industry has made significant progress in fire prevention and evacuation  strategies in recent years, there is still more work to do.

Realizing that there was a dire need in the long-term care industry, HCPro recently filled that demand with a new video training program, Long-Term Care Facility Evacuations: Ensuring resident safety during emergency situations. This comprehensive training program offers specific strategies for effective evacuation of elderly and non-ambulatory residents in long-term care facilities.  For more information on this video, go to http://www.hcmarketplace.com/Prod.cfm?id=2675&s=MV28268A

"It's critical that all long-term care facilities be prepared in the event of a fire or evacuation", noted Ed Walker, Fire Chief in Weston, Massachusetts. He added, "Even in the event of a small garbage pail fire, the staff in these facilities need to safely and efficiently evacuate residents from the area in question so that firefighters are able to come in and prevent further spread of the fire."


"Until now, the long-term care industry has lacked the tools that train every member of your staff to be prepared in the event of an emergency evacuation," stated Frank Morello, Director, of Multimedia at HCPro.  "This training tool fulfills a long-overdue need."

During this 15-minute video, staff in long-term care facilities will see exactly how to respond in the event of an emergency evacuation.  Through real-life scenarios, they will:

      Learn the most commonly used evacuation techniques as well as how to weigh their evacuation options and take immediate action in the event of an emergency.

      Receive detailed procedures for horizontal evacuation and "defending-in-place" that assure safe and timely evacuation.

      Get a step-by step description of how to perform "blanket drags" and other techniques that ensure prompt evacuation without endangering residents or staff.

      Understand the importance of evacuation preplanning to ensure that every staff member is aware of his or her role and responsibility in the event of an evacuation.

      Learn how to handle special concerns, such as securing temporary and long-term relocation sites.

This training tool also includes a leadership guide that helps administrators address the individual concerns of their facility, and 50 self-examinations that document their staff's continuing education.


For more information about this new video, or to learn about HCPro's extensive catalog of healthcare training videos, visit http://www.hcmarketplace.com/Prod.cfm?id=2675&s=MV28268A