Dealing with an Emergency Situation

Dealing with an Emergency Situation

Not Just Ambulances And Helicopters: Other Emergency Evacuation Devices For Hospitals

Daria Riedijk

The irony of hospitals is that they are several stories high, they are easy targets for bombing and gunfire, and they are loaded with people who cannot move or leave the hospital because of their illnesses, injuries, and immobility. However, there are ways in which hospitals can perform evacuations when necessary, and they include other emergency evacuation devices for hospitals apart from ambulances and helicopters. The most critical cases that can be moved are evacuated by ambulance and helicopter. The rest are evacuated in all of the following ways.

Instant Inflatable Slides

If you have seen those inflatable slides that eject from the side of a crashed plane, then you know exactly what these are. Many hospitals, especially those that are several stories high, utilize inflatable slides. Windows are removed in an emergency, and the slides are secured to the window frames before a ripcord is pulled. The slides quickly inflate and unfurl, giving patients and staff an emergency exit out of the hospital and a safe passage to the ground below. Most of these slides cannot unfurl for any distance higher than four stories, so everyone that can be rescued and moved to the third or fourth floor can make their way down and out.

Med Sleds for Everyone Else

If the staff can manage to roll several patients toward an exit, they might be able to use a "med sled". Similar to a rescue gurney used for wilderness rescues, these devices encase patients in a sort of cocoon of plastic and padding. It immobilizes all parts of the anatomy that need to remain immobile during transport. The sleds can then be sent down the inflatable slides, or staff can carry the sleds or strap pull-straps to themselves before carrying or pulling these patients out of the hospitals to safety. They are also a good option for everyone in a floor located above a fire or other disaster because then firefighters and rescue teams can just pull the med sleds from beds and from piles of debris before carrying the patients out. It prevents injuries that might otherwise be caused (inadvertently) by the rescue and fire teams.

Fire Blankets

When your hospital runs out of med sleds and all patients who are able to slide their way out of the upper story windows have made it out, use fire blankets for everyone else. Fire blankets are fire-retardant, which means that any patients covered with these blankets will not be burned, or as badly burned, as they would be without them. For added measure, make sure your staff lays out a fire blanket underneath the beds, then places each patient on their own blanket before covering each patient with yet another fire-retardant blanket. By placing the bedridden patients close to the floor, the patients avoid suffocating from smoke inhalation, and by placing them under their beds, they are saved from burning and collapsing materials from overhead. The blankets protect them from the flames.

For more information on emergency evacuation devices for hospitals, contact a company like Advanced Egress Solutions.


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Dealing with an Emergency Situation

A few months ago, I experienced extreme stomach pain one night after taking a shower. This searing pain seized me so badly that I couldn’t stand up straight. So, I decided to recline on my couch. Unfortunately, the pain didn’t go away after doing this. Therefore, I decided to seek emergency care for this frightening problem. In the emergency room of a nearby hospital, I was diagnosed with an acute urinary tract infection. After taking antibiotics for several days, I felt like my old self again. I’m thankful for the prompt diagnosis that the experience staff at the hospital gave me. On this blog, you will discover effective ways to deal with an emergency situation.