Emergency Response Preparation
Advance preparation is necessary in the event of an inadvertent shooting incident and for other serious nonfirearm injuries. Procedures should be in place to maximize the ability to respond to an emergency situation.
The development of an emergency accident response plan (per laboratory protocol) is prudent for the laboratory setting. The plan should include a medical evacuation procedure that may contain the following elements:
- Posting of procedures for rapid access to laboratory spaces by emergency medical personnel
- Internal and external telephone contact numbers for emergency medical assistance
- Management telephone contact numbers
Emergency Response Training
Training (per laboratory protocol) should be provided for
- emergency response plan for accidental shootings,
- first aid for typical gunshot wounds,
- cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),
- use of chemical spill kits.
Emergency equipment may include
- first aid kits (including gunshot wound treatment),
- eye wash stations,
- chemical spill kits.