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Evacuation Training

"I have done a lot of training over the years and this has to be one of the best. Student evaluations were excellent for each and every session."

South Dakota Department of Health, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator



Evacuation Skill Competency Training

A partial or complete hospital evacuation is a high risk procedure commonly performed in a background of chaos. It must be performed in an efficient and highly coordinated manner in order to move the greatest number of people in the least amount of time. The timing of patient movement on particular floor is determined by incident leadership and is dependent upon a series of tasks that must be carried out on each effected unit in a standardized and methodical manner. Readiness requires ongoing staff training by department managers and should be initiated after the evacuation planning process has been completed.

The DQE Evacuation Skill Competency Training focuses on the key knowledge and skill sets that managers must fully understand and convey to their staff to carry out an evacuation. These core competencies include:

  • Evacuation types (emergent vs. non-emergent)
  • Incident management
  • Role of floor/unit/department
  • Patient assessment and preparation
  • Movement teams
  • Patient tracking
  • Patient holding and patient loading areas


Evacuation Skill Competency Training combines lecture, hands-on skill training, and facilitated discussion to help department managers (clinical and non-clinical) prepare for the task of training their staff on the key actions and responsibilities necessary to carry out an evacuation. This course requires completion of DQE's evacuation planning process. Time will be allotted for the facility to demonstrate evacuation equipment, if available.

Duration: 4 hours

Class Size: Maximum of 16

Classes Available Per Day: 2

Class Location: On site at the client hospital