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6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 W e added a spark to our emer- gency operations plan this year by letting staff play the roles of patient evacuees dur- ing our quarterly fire evacuation drills, which involve more than 150 members of our perioperative team. We had been using mannequins in our drills, but every- one was more engaged when we swapped them out for staff. That's important when you're trying to teach so many their role in evacuating an anesthetized patient during a fire, especially when you have as many ORs as we do: 26 in our Level 1 adult trauma center, 7 in our pediatric trauma center and 3 smaller ORs in our south wing. Staff actively participate in our fire evacuation drills. They rotate through stations where they pull the fire alarm, spray fire extinguish- ers at a simulated fire, shut off the gas control valves, and pack "patients" into a Med Sled evacuation stretcher and move them to dif- EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Fire Evacuation Drills (Not) for Dummies Ideas Work P r a c t i c a l p e a r l s f r o m y o u r c o l l e a g u e s That • PLAYING PATIENT Using staff members as evacuees instead of mannequins in fire evacuation drills can enhance learning. Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

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