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Making Safe Choices

  • This module provides critical information/steps needed to ensure that our patients consistently receive safe care. It is your responsibility to notify your supervisor/educator if you have questions about the information in this module, or if you are unable to complete the steps as described.
  • Not following these steps may cause harm to our patients, ourselves or others and is called at-risk behavior. You should expect to be coached if you misstep, or drift, from the described procedures.
  • Should you choose to not follow this procedure (after being coached on the correct procedure) that may be considered reckless behavior and may result in punitive action.

Emergency Operations Plan: What is it?

  • Beaumont’s plan to minimize damage, prepare for, respond to and recover from any type of natural or man-made incident that occurs within the system and in the surrounding communities that may impact Beaumont Health System
  • Addresses response to various types of hazards such as mass casualties, severe weather, bio-terrorism, utility outages, hazardous materials
  • Plans can be found on-line

Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)

  • Hospital uses HICS structure for responding to & recovering from an incident
  • Various roles within HICS: Incident commander, public information officer, logistics chief, etc.
  • If an event occurs and you are needed, you will be notified by overhead page, text page or phone call
  • Your role: Report to:
  • Royal Oak: Report to supervising/chief or Labor Pool; Heart Center, 1st floor
  • Troy: Nursing station on any patient unit
  • Grosse Pointe: Connelly Auditorium

Alert Codes

  • Alert codes standardized across Beaumont system
  • Plain language is used to announce alerts; Examples include:
    • Red alert: Fire / fire alarm activated
    • Internal / external incident, with or without incoming patients
      • May require your assistance; report to your site’s designated location (Labor Pool, etc.), if “incoming patients” announced
    • Amber alert: Missing child / infant; be alert to suspicious persons and to those carrying large packages, purses, etc. that an infant may fit in
    • Bomb threat: Immediately notify security; If phone call, pay close attention to background noises, voice, etc. Take seriously.
    • Utility or system disruption: Loss of power / phone / water; Take direction from department staff
    • Severe weather:  Close curtains; move to building interior
    • Lethal weapon alerts:
      • Lockdown: Police situation outside the building; stay away from windows and doors
      • Act of violence: Person with non-firearm weapon inside the building threatening / attacking;  take cover / secure area
      • Active shooter: Person with firearm weapon inside the building threatening / shooting;  Take cover / secure area; Notify Security

Your Role in Emergency Operations

  • Depending on the type of alert or hazard you may become involved in the response. You may be requested to
    • Round on patient care units to provide ongoing care and to identify patients that may be discharged to home; assist in completing the discharge information
    • Assist in triaging incoming patients and provide immediate care
    • Assist in any capacity that you are needed, including participation in drills
  • More information in the EmergencyManagement Quick Reference guide posted in all
    Beaumont facilities


  • Contact the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at your facility:
    • Grosse Pointe: 313-473-6487
    • Royal Oak: 248-551-5052
    • Troy: 248-964-6001

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