Pro­vide full de­tails of fire

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPEAK UP -

THE re­ports of Tues­day’s fire at the hos­pi­tal in Johor raises sev­eral ques­tions:

» Was the call to the Bomba via auto dial? This hap­pens once sprin­klers are ac­ti­vated.

» What raised the alarm first, was it the sprin­kler flow switch or was it via man­ual call point?

» All fire alarm pan­els have an event recorder. This will give info of any time lapse.

» All hos­pi­tals are re­quired to have a res­cue team. Did they re­spond?

» I have not come across an evac­u­a­tion plan for pa­tients on me­chan­i­cal ven­ti­la­tors.

» The ICU ap­pears to be an open ward con­cept. From fire con­sid­er­a­tions, know­ing that ICU pa­tients are im­mo­bile, should this be re­con­sid­ered.

» It is sur­pris­ing to read the com­ment about oxy­gen cylin­ders in the ICU. Nor­mally, oxy­gen cylin­ders or tanks are placed in a re­mote area. Portable oxy­gen cylin­ders are kept in safe ac­ces­si­ble spa­ces.

» Also, in all ICU’s, hand­phones are pro­hib­ited. So if the source was the phone, then who could have had a phone there?

I be­lieve ev­ery­one needs to have full de­tails of this in­ci­dent: staff, fire fight­ers, pa­tients, hos­pi­tal vis­i­tors, de­sign­ers.

Ir Ja­yaram Kr­ishna Petaling Jaya

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