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Communications Fan-Out

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
Scenario: (Allow participants to react to each individual event in the scenario before moving to another event.)
It is 10:30 PM and the facility is having an after-hours test of its fan-out lists.
  1. At 10:31 PM, the laboratory is notified by overhead paging of a fan-out list test.
  2. At 10:40 PM, the laboratory administrator decides to expand the drill to all laboratories and all staff.
  3. At 11:05 PM, there is an all clear.
Questions to answer after the event:
  • Were all operating sections of the laboratory contacted?
  • Were the leaders of all laboratories notified?
  • Did all of the section fan-out lists work?
  • Depending on the event, would enough staff be able to come in quickly enough to handle the workload? If not, what do you do?