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BIDMC Perioperative Services Fire Safety & Emergency Information

BIDMC and Perioperative Services welcome you to our Medical Center. The basic education that you received before you were credentialed to enter the ORs or Procedure Rooms of our medical centered gave you the basic information that you will need to be safe around patients. In the event of a Fire or other emergency the Circulating Nurse will give you direction. The Floor Marshal (the resource nurse in charge for the shift) in collaboration with the Anesthesiologist who is "running the floor" will be in charge and directing the activities of all staff. Patient safety is our outmost concern. In a fire emergency the ranking officer from the Boston Fire Department is in command of all activities. In the event that you are the first person to discover a fire immediately pull the nearest fire alarm and call the number on the card provided to you in your orientation folder. (You must carry this card with you at all times that you are at BIDMC.) The Fire and Safety maps have been provided for you in your packet.

The evacuation routes for the three ORs are as follows:

  • West OR - lateral over the bridge to the Farr Building
  • Feldberg OR - lateral in either of two directions - to the Stoneman building PACU or via the bridge to the Shapiro Ambulatory OR Suite
  • Shapiro OR - lateral across the bridge to the Feldberg building

In the West OR and the Shapiro OR emergencies, such as, fires are announced via an overhead annunciation system. You must follow the directions that are broadcast. In the Feldberg OR a fire is announced by a numerical bell code (the OR bell code is 1-1-4 and the locker room / lounge (on Feldberg 4) bell code is 1-1-5). The Feldberg fireboard with the codes for all locations on the east campus is located at the Feldberg 3 holding area corridor, this location is noted on your Fire and Safety map.

Your emergency information card also has the activation numbers for several other types of emergencies. These should be utilized as needed.

Remember, patient safety is our primary concern. If you have any questions about the emergency protocols in place at BIDMC please consult the Clinical Resource, Clinical Advisor or Nurse Educator that has assisted in your orientation.

Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Main Switchboard: 617-667-7000
Find a Doctor: 800-667-3000
Directions by Phone: 617-667-3000
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