Escape from fire

• Escape routes should be well marked and unobstructed.

• The nature of critical illness is such that not all patients can be evacuated.

• The staff should escape first by proceeding to the nearest exit away from the fire.

• Patients should be evacuated in the order of the least sick first.

• Evacuation of patients should be managed by someone trained in the use of breathing apparatus; in most cases this will be the fire brigade.

• If patients are to be evacuated they should be moved to a place of safety on the same floor as the intensive care unit. Patients should not be moved downstairs.

• In the majority of fires containment will reduce the need for full evacuation.

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