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Posted: 3-28-12

The decision to partially or completely evacuate a healthcare facility is a complex issue that needs to balance the nature of the threat against the risk patients and staff would face. Readiness for such a high risk procedure requires specific processes to be in place in all patient care areas that can be quickly implemented to support the evacuation mission. These processes need to address patient preparation, movement sequencing, resource utilization, and information sharing.

Healthcare facility evacuation provides many challenges with maintaining the continuity of care during patient movement. Patient tracking and information management becomes difficult due to multiple handoffs between clinicians. Training staff, prioritizing patients for movement, establishing movement teams, and communicating evacuation status become difficult processes to implement without prior standardization.   DQE has developed a line of evacuation products so you can have the proper tools in place to help eliminate unknowns and limit liability.   The line’s flagship product is the PACE Evacuation ToolboxTM.

PACE stands for Patient Assessment & Command Essentials. The PACE Evacuation Toolbox is an organized set of essential supplies that helps staff ready their patients and unit for evacuation.  Such action is required in every patient care area in order to support the centralized command of the incident and to safely and efficiently accomplish the evacuation procedure.  The complete toolbox includes the items needed to deploy the HICS Evacuation Group for a particular unit/department, train staff, ready patients, and orchestrate patient tracking and movement. 

The PACE Evacuation Toolbox contains supplies such as Evacuation Group Vests, Patient Evacuation Go-Pouches, Patient Information & Tracking Forms, Healthcare Evacuation Reference Guides, Light Sticks, and more. Constructed from the best practices of Emergency Management evacuation procedures for patient assessment, resource allocation, and organization, this toolbox supports the Joint Commission standards for enhancing patient communication and is aligned with the Hospital Incident Command System of procedures.

Successful evacuation requires management of multiple objectives: the multifaceted set of circumstances forcing the evacuation, the ever evolving logistical support needed to accomplish the mission, and the timely and coordinated movement and tracking of patients, staff and materiel.  An evacuation requires time, labor-intensive resources, and support at levels that most healthcare facilities don’t possess for routine emergencies.

Having the PACE Evacuation Toolbox readily available in every patient care area and training with DQE’s evacuation supplies with help you have a standardized process in place to provide the smoothest evacuation possible.

Click here to view DQE's full line of evacuation equipment.

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