Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety
Trillium Health Centre must maintain preparedness and the capability to prevent, respond, ensure business continuity, and recover from an event that may occur, while safeguarding the health and safety of workers and patients. Events may occur in the community that will effect day to day operations at Trillium and we have processes in place to continually provide healthcare and support workers patients and the public
Trillium’s emergency preparedness program is based on the following 4 pillars:
Preparedness – involves actions taken prior to an emergency to ensure an effective response including, but not limited to, education, emergency information, training and exercises, preparing plans and operation centers, and establishing communications systems. This level of preparation is imperative for timely and safe responses to any and all emergency situations.
Response - involves actions taken to respond to an imminent or actual emergency. Such actions in the context of an influenza pandemic would include the distribution of vaccine (once available), mobilizing human, financial, and supply resources, and emergency declarations.
Recovery - involves actions taken to recover from the emergency. These activities include such elements as returning to a pre-emergency phase and rebuilding/restocking of supplies initiatives.
Mitigation - involves activities which reduce or eliminate the effects of an emergency. Mitigation assumes that there is risk exposure whether or not an emergency occurs.
Trillium has multiple emergency code responses to protect our patients, staff, physicians, volunteers, and the general public. Trillium Health Centre also conducts exercises to test our procedures and responses to these emergency events on a regular basis. This encourages staff participation in training and provides vital feedback to improve the procedures and safety for all patients, staff, and visitors to Trillium.
All Trillium employees are required to participate in Emergency Preparedness training on an annual basis.
Should you require assistance during an emergency situation please ask a Trillium employee for assistance.
Code Red: Fire
A fire in a health care environment can be devastating. Monthly fire drills are carried out and fire safety training in undertaken. Staff are aware of Trillium’s fire prevention program and are regularly tested.
Code Green: Evacuation
There are multiple reasons why an evacuation may be required within the hospital environment. Trillium has organizational wide plans and department specific plans for the safe movement and evacuation of patients, staff , and visitors. Trillium works closely with its community partners and emergency services to ensure safety of those involved.
Code Black: Bomb Threat/Suspicious Package
The threat or this type of violence in a healthcare setting is rare but Trillium ensures that if a response is required, we are ready to respond. Trillium’s management and Security teams work closely with the Police department and our other community partners to ensure a safe and rapid response is managed.
Code Yellow: Missing Patient
Significant emphasis has been placed on the reduction of Code Yellow incidents. Missing patients are a significant concern to the organization as we provide services to many vulnerable populations and recent improvements in the Code Yellow policy have encouraged improvement.
Code Brown: Hazardous Spill/Leak
Protection of the environment is another key feature of Trillium’s care. We have specially trained teams to assist in the event of a chemical spill or leak and processes in place to protect the building and the environment from damage.
Code White: Violent Situation
Protecting our patients, staff and visitors is imperative. We have specially trained teams to help with confused and violent individuals. The safety of all individuals involved is Trillium’s prerogative and the use of a multidisciplinary team approach is key to the management of these situations
Code Orange: External Disaster
Trillium works closely with its community partners and Emergency Services to plan for major disasters. The organization has plan in place to help treat large numbers of patients in a disaster situation while still being able to treat our present inpatients safely.