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UWMF SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Subject: Internal Alarming Device Policy
Effective Date: 4/02 Approved: Mike Holman, Safety Coord
Supersedes Policy Date: Revision #
Distribution: Uconnect

Reviewed


DEFINITIONS:
Disorderly Conduct means engaging abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous or
unreasonably loud conduct under circumstances in which the conduct tends to cause or
provoke a disturbance. This may also include such physical acts that disrupt or damage
property.

Internal Alarming Device is a signaling device that will alert a nearby staff (i.e.
Immediate Care) to call the police.

POLICY STATEMENT:
If patient is disorderly or is in need of emergency medical assistance, the staff in
Pharmacy, Laboratory and Medical Imaging will use the internal alarming devices to
notify staff in Immediate Care (IMC). If the alarm comes from the Pharmacy, IMC staff
will immediately call 911. If the alarm comes from Laboratory/Medical Imaging, IMC
staff will immediately go to that department area and provide medical assistance.

PROCEDURES:
1. If the patient is disorderly or in need of emergency medical assistance, press
the internal alarming device near workstation.

2. The alarm signal will sound near the IMC Reception. The receptionist will
notify nursing staff of the emergency.

3. If the alarm came from Pharmacy, the IMC receptionist will call 911 and notify
the site supervisor. The site supervisor will follow the protocol listed in the
Workplace Violence Program. If this person is unavailable, the IMC
receptionist will notify the security guard and/or an attending physician of the
alarm.

4. If the alarm came from Medical Imaging or Laboratory, the IMC nursing staff
will assess the emergency. If a patient is disorderly, the staff will call 911 and
follow the protocol listed in the Workplace Violence Program. If a patient is in
need of emergency medical assistance, staff will follow the appropriate


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protocol listed in their Emergency Procedures Manual (i.e. Code Blue,
anaphylactic, hypoglycemic, unstable patient, chest pain).

5. After the response from IMC staff, the alarm will be silenced and reset at the
department where the alarm originated. Simply press the internal alarm
device again to reset the system. (Press it once to activate the alarm and a
second time to silence/reset it.)