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Your Emergency Preparedness Knowledge

Your Emergency Preparedness Knowledge

PHC is preparing for the final countdown to the Accreditation Survey in November 2013. This includes brushing-up on knowledge of emergency preparedness (EP).

Building resilience – PHC’s Emergency Preparedness Champions
Earlier this year, PHC began recruiting EP Champions to help spread the word about emergency preparedness.  Response has been overwhelming – PHC now has over sixty EP Champions who are committed to making PHC an even more resilient organization than it already is.  Since the spring, EP Champions have been actively learning more about EP, exploring ways to improve their department’s preparedness, and asking questions of their colleagues in an effort to ensure everyone knows the basics.

Ensuring readiness for Accreditation Survey
By November of this year, all PHC employees, physicians, and contracted services must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of emergency preparedness in our health care setting.  If a surveyor stops you in the hall to ask: “What would you do during a Code [insert colour]” – would you know how to respond?  At the very least, an appropriate answer would be, “I would consult the Code Colour tag on my ID badge and then refer to the online EP manual for more details by clicking the yellow triangle.”

Top 7 General EP questions for Accreditation Survey
For those of you who would really like to shine, please find below the Top 7 General EP Questions (if you can’t remember all of them, the first 3 are the most important). 
Where do you find emergency preparedness plans at work?
On the intranet… click the yellow triangle on PHC Connect.  Also, the Code Colour tag on your ID badge serves as a quick reference guide.
What number should you dial to call an emergency Code?
Dial “888” from any internal phone (at SPH, MSJ, HFH, LAN, YOU & BF).  At administrative sites, or community sites not on the PHC telephone system, simply dial “911” for police.
Whose responsibility is it to ensure healthcare workers are prepared for disaster?
Everyone’s!  Healthcare workers have an obligation to try to report to work during/following a disaster.  Have an emergency plan & supplies (at home and at work).
Where do you find emergency supplies on your unit/ department?
It depends on the unit.  If you don’t know, ask your leaders or department EP Champion.
Why should you take your ID badge home every day?
In the event of a major disaster, your ID badge will help you:
* Ensure access into your facility;
* Potentially assist at other facilities if you can not get to your usual work site.
What is the Emergency Operations Centre and where is it?
What: It’s the place where key leaders gather during an incident to collect information and make decisions about the response.
Where: St. Paul’s Hospital:  GI Clinic Conf Room (Providence, level 2)
MSJ Hospital:  Sr. Germaine Roy Conf Room (level 1, Administrative wing)
What does HICS stand for?
Health Incident Command System: this is a standardized organizational chart that is used to help manage emergencies.  Key roles and responsibilities are outlined.