Fire safety

Fires affecting the ICU are rare but are particularly difficult in that patients are not easily evacuated, yet their lives depend on services which fire may disrupt. Smoke, while dangerous to staff and the less critically ill patients who may be breathing spontaneously, is less of a problem to those on mechanical ventilation since their fresh gas supply is from outside the affected environment. It therefore follows that, in the event of fire, the priority is to ensure safety and means of escape for the staff first.

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