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How the disaster box will be used.

How the disaster box will be used. When a Code 100 is called, the laboratory manager reports to the Command Center, located in the hospital's boardroom, to obtain disaster details. If injuries are involved, she will ascertain how many victims are expected, then appoint a lab coordinator to make preparations. The lab coordinator then opens the disaster box and quickly reviews the lab disaster plan with its instructions.

The lab coordinator assigns specific responsibilities to staff members, giving each an instruction sheet describing his job assignment, along with an ID badge (such as "Runner" or "Phlebo-Stock Trays" or "Blood Bank Tech"). For the lab coordinator's convenience, these badges are color coded to match each job assignment. Staff members' names are recorded on the staff assignment sheet next to their job assignment.

When a staff member reports back to the lab coordinator (i.e., what supplies are on hand, what needs to be ordered), that information is entered into the column on the assignment sheet labeled, "Info reported back to lab coordinator." A third column on the assignment sheet is for recording any "Problems/Concerns."

When the lab manager returns to the lab from the Command Center, the lab coordinator gives her one sheet containing all necessary disaster preparedness/planning information. With each staffer wearing an ID badge highlighting what his job is, no time is wasted asking questions like "Who's checking blood supply?" Everyone can jump into action.

Samples of the Bert Fish Medical Center laboratory disaster box contents, coordinator's staff assignment sheets, and other materials are available upon request by email at Betty.Dollar@Halifax.org.
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Title Annotation:Disaster Preparedness; Bert Fish Medical Center
Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2004
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