Don’t assume that everyone with MCI training is able to react appropriately in a stressful situation. Recognize when your team members, including those in leadership roles, are having a stress response and remove them from the immediate event.
Break the cleaning tasks into phases to adequately distribute the resources:Phase I – ED, Phase II – OR, Phase III – ICU.
After Phase III, debrief with the team to determine what went well/wrong, how the team is feeling emotionally and physically after the adrenaline lowers, and what resources you will need after the event is over as well as for the next shift.
Prepare and train for fast cleaning and turning over rooms/beds/stretchers during MCI drills. This will minimize the temptation to cut corners in order to keep up with the demand. Thoroughly wiping down stretchers and rails will prevent the risk of finding blood and bodily fluids in the stretchers later. It is a valuable investment in time.
* If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
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