A fire breaks out in a long-term care facility and a nurse is in a patients room. She and the patient cannot get out. Which of the following actions should the nurse perform to keep herself and the patient as safe as possible?

 

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- Open the window

- Leave the room door open to be found easily by firefighters

- Dispose of trash or other flammable items in the room

- Assist the resident to lie under the bed

Rationale

In the event of a fire when the nurse cannot leave the area, she should protect herself and any patients who are with her by opening a window, if possible. The door to the room should be closed to keep the fire out. It is not necessary to remove trash when trapped in a room. Although it is important to stay low to the ground if smoke is present, the nurse should not crawl under the bed or place the patient under the bed.

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