After CNA Training: RACE Guidelines for CNAs

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When you become a certified nursing assistant, you will utilize all of the CNA training you have acquired to make the best decisions for your patients. Fire can occur anywhere, and when a hospital or long term care facility is the location of a fire, the end result can be fatal. You may have wondered if you would be truly prepared if a fire started in the workplace. The best thing you can do for your patients is remain calm and follow the RACE guidelines you learned during CNA training.

R.A.C.E. Guidelines in Action After CNA Training

R-Rescue: Your CNA training will have prepared you to make sure that the patients who are in the direct path of the fire are moved to safety first. There may not be flames, but smoke can also be fatal. Crawl below the smoke and do not breathe it in.

If the area you are in is filled with smoke, find a cloth to cover your mouth and your patient’s mouth.
If an article of clothing that you or your patient is wearing catches fire, you will need to IMMEDIATELY:

  • STOP moving. Movement will increase the flames.
  • DROP. Fall on the floor and cover your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • ROLL from side to side until the fire is extinguished.

A-Alarm: Sound the fire alarm. Let everyone else know a fire is in the facility, including the manager of the facility and the director of nursing. It is important to follow the procedure your employer has put into place.

If you call emergency services to report the fire, you have to give certain information:

  • Tell them who you are.
  • Give your location. Make sure you speak clearly enough so the dispatcher can understand you. The street and street number are vital pieces of information. Knowing the cross streets is critical because it helps the fire department find you quicker.
  • Let the dispatcher know exactly where the fire is located so precious time will not be wasted.

C-Confine: During CNA training, you will have been instructed to try to keep the fire in a particular area if possible. Close all doors and windows. This will keep the fire from spreading quickly throughout the rest of the building. Never open a door once it has been closed without checking to see if it is hot. A hot door means fire is on the other side.

E-Extinguish: You should only extinguish a fire yourself if the fire is small and located in a contained area like a trash can. Some CNA training courses teaches students the correct way to use a portable fire extinguisher. Only use the extinguisher if you are confident you can handle the fire on your own.

  • Make sure the fire has been reported before you begin.
  • Make sure there is a path to escape.
  • Make sure no patients or other employees are in the area.

CNA training prepares you for the daily tasks needed to be a great nursing assistant. Most assistants will never encounter an emergency at work. However, it is comforting to know that if you do have a fire at your workplace, you can fall back on your CNA training to keep you and your patients safe.

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