A new staff guide for emergency response procedures is being distributed in aged residential care facilities, pharmacies and GP clinics throughout the South Island to assist with consistent regional and local emergency planning.
The Emergency Response flipchart contains information and step-by-step instructions for staff to follow during a range of emergencies, from basic life support, natural disasters and fire, to bomb threats, utility failure and dealing with hazardous materials. Originally developed in conjunction with Nelson Marlborough DHB and the former Canterbury Rural PHO in 2009, it has been used in general practices and Nelson Marlborough hospitals.
The guide has been updated by the South Island Alliance and will be distributed more widely across the South Island health sector over the next three months. South Island Alliance Emergency Planning Coordinator Barry Simpson says it now covers all the main risks that have the potential to affect service delivery. “The information is really valuable and every practice should have one. The flipchart can also be personalised to your facility or individual organisation.”
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