CHAPTER 6

ELECTRICAL SAFETY

3.0 EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

 

3.1  In Case of Electrical Shock

3.2  Preventive Measures


3.1       In Case of Electrical Shock

·         Immediately disconnect or shut off the power source OR free the victim from the source by using a non-conductive device. 

·         Initiate life saving procedures immediately and continue them until professional medical assistance arrives:      

IF                                                            IF

the heart has stopped,                              respiration has stopped,

THEN                                                      THEN

begin cardiopulmonary                           begin artificial respiration

resuscitation (CPR) immediately.           at once.

 

·         Call emergency assistance quickly. Inside the hospital complex, call ext. 24000.  Outside the hospital complex call 9-911.

 

 

3.2       Preventive Measures

·         Know the location of all power plugs and off switches on equipment in your area.  Free electrical testing service is provided by Clinical Equipment Services (CES) at ext. 76143.

·         Before using equipment that requires connection to an electrical outlet that is located in patient areas, make sure the equipment has been inspected and that it carries a current electrical safety certification label.

·         Do not use coffee makers, radios, lamps or other personal electrical appliances unless they have Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) approval. 

·         Do not clip or tape electric cords and telephone wires to desks.  If cords must cross the floor, use plastic channels designated for this purpose if possible.  If channels are not available, tape the cord to the floor.

·         Never use “cheater” adapters or two-wire AC outlets.

·         Use only electrical equipment that has a three-wire plug and is properly grounded.  The quality of ground in the room can be checked by Facilities Operations and Management.

·         Have all electrical devices with motors and transformers inspected yearly.

·         Do not use extension cords, except in special cases and only with approval from CES or BMEE.  Get additional electrical outlet(s) installed or move equipment closer to the existing outlet.