Fire Safety Related Challenges Faced by Existing Hospitals: A Review

Authors

  • Abdul Hakim Choudhary1 , Mohammad Kausar2 , Sidhartha Satpathy3 , D. K. Sharma4

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v20i3.1433

Keywords:

Fires; Hospitals; Maintenance and Engineering, Hospital; Legislation, Hospital; Operating Rooms; Risk Management; Disasters

Abstract

Background: Hospital fires are real dangers and have historically caused life and property damages. A

review of major research databases like Scopus, IEEE Xplore Digital Library, IET site, PubMed, Cochrane

library and ASCE Library was conducted to explore fire safety challenges faced by existing hospitals and

possible recommendations made thereof to overcome such challenges.

Methods: The review was conducted for key words- “Fire safety”, “Hospital Fire”, “Fire risk” and “Fire

safety challenges”. The search found 684 articles in total which were screened for relevance to research area

and 27 articles were reviewed in detail.

Findings: There is poor enforcement of law by agencies. Retrofitting for conformance to fire safety

regulations is difficult. Issue like faulty equipment, improperly kept inflammable material, evacuation

difficulties due to higher acuity of patients, operational issues like maintenance of all fire safety equipment

and installations, and training of staff, etc. are highlighted.

Conclusion: Focussed interventions and an all-encompassing fire safety risk management plan is the need of

the hour. Significant insights into critical issue of fire safety is of immense benefit to healthcare professionals

as a basis to make hospitals safe places.

Author Biography

Abdul Hakim Choudhary1 , Mohammad Kausar2 , Sidhartha Satpathy3 , D. K. Sharma4

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Hospital Administration, AIIMS, New Delhi, 2Senior Consultant (Hospital

Management), Department of Hospital Administration, AIIMS, New Delhi, 3 Head, Department of Hospital

Administration, AIIMS, New Delhi, 4Medical Superintendent,

AIIMS, New Delhi

Published

2020-07-24

How to Cite

Abdul Hakim Choudhary1 , Mohammad Kausar2 , Sidhartha Satpathy3 , D. K. Sharma4. (2020). Fire Safety Related Challenges Faced by Existing Hospitals: A Review. Medico Legal Update, 20(3), 419-425. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v20i3.1433

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