Provide full details of fire
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