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Resident Orientation Manual

Produced by Galveston Shriners Burn Hospital and
The University of Texas Medical Branch Blocker Burn Unit.
Contributors:  Sally Abston MD, Patricia Blakeney PhD, Manubhai Desai MD,
Patricia Edgar RN, CIC, John P Heggers PhD, David N Herndon MD,
Marsha Hildreth RD, Ray J Nichols Jr. MD



1.  The code-name for a fire situation at Shriners Galveston Hospital is "Dr. Red".

2.  The telephone number to call to report a fire is #6688.

3.  A "fire compartment" is created by 2-hour fire-rated walls with fire doors.  The walls are continuous (without gaps or open spaces) between floors.
  There are 3 fire compartments on the 2nd through 7th floors of the hospital.  These are named East, Central, or West preceded by the floor number (e.g., 2 East, 3 West, 4 Central)
  There are 2 fire compartments on the 1st and 8th floors.  These are named East or West.
  The 2nd and 3rd floors have a "Zone" within the central compartment - this is the open atrium between the 2nd and 3rd floors.

4.  Shriners Galveston Hospital uses the R.A.C.E. method of fire response.
     (Click here for the R.A.C.E. method)

5.  Learn how to respond if there is a fire in your building, but not on your floor.

6.  Learn fire alarm locations and how to operate them.

7.  Learn where fire compartments stop and start.

8.  Learn fire extinguisher locations and the classes of fire extinguishers in use in your area.

9.  Learn the location of fire exits, fire compartments and review the evacuation plan.

While on duty, be sure to:
- Keep corridors clear.
- Take fire drills seriously.
- Strictly enforce 'no-smoking' policy. (Smoking causes 50% of all fires)
- Report any smell of smoke by calling #6666.
- Operate fire extinguishers using the P-A-S-S technique.
   (Click here for the P-A-S-S technique)

While on duty, DON'T:
- Allow trash to build up.
- Allow corridor or fire exits to be blocked.
- Use, or allow patients and visitors to use, any unapproved extension cords or appliances.


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