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they're picked up during the atten- dance roll call. If, and I stress if, the facility has an accurate attendance of who was in the center at the time of the incident, then they'll notice the missing staff member. The best per- son to go to the immediate fire area to assist is a member of the manage- ment team. First, she can take control of the situation by instructing staff to either perform other tasks or to evac- uate. Second, in the incident com- mand system, the top-ranking man- agement member on site will be the facility's liaison to the fire depart- ment. She'll be able to give the fire department a clear description of the center's contents and its occupants. Fire safety logistics If your center doesn't have a facility-wide paging system, two-way radios are a good substitute. These radios must be assigned to specif- ic areas and to specific people for the system to work effectively. And all staff, whether it be physicians, management, full-time, part-time or per diem, must know the locations of basic safety equipment: extin- guishers, fire alarm pull boxes, exits, medical gas shut-offs and elec- tric panels. OSM Mr. Riehl (hlsconsultantsllc@gmail.com) is the owner of Healthcare Life Safety Consultants (hlsconsultantsllc.com) in Sparta, N.J., which special- izes in emergency preparedness and life safety compliance for ambulatory surgery centers. He's a captain with the City of Hackensack Fire Department and a New Jersey State Certified Fire Inspector. J U N E 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 9 • FEEL THE HARDWARE Never enter a fire area before checking the door for heat.

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