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Assign an observer and individuals that would be present at the time of the event or who would be contacted during the event.
The individuals participating in the event should focus on following procedure in place for such an event and should consider:
  • Staff and patient safety
  • Communication
  • Equipment
  • Personnel
  • Utilities
  • Initial response
It is 10:00 AM on Tuesday in the Microbiology Laboratory.
Events: (Allow participants to react to each individual event in the scenario before moving to another event.)
  1. At 10:05 AM, staff notice that there is smoke coming from a safety hood.
  2. At 10:10 AM, a staff member notices flames coming from the hood.
  3. At 10:15 AM, the power is cut and the flames are extinguished.
  4. At 12:00 PM, the power is restored.
Question to answer after the event:
  • What needs to be done to recover from the event?