Policy briefing

RCN guidance on responding to unexpected incidents or emergencies

Read our policy briefing on RCN guidance on responding to unexpected incidents or emergencies.
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Read our policy briefing on RCN guidance on responding to unexpected incidents or emergencies

Essential facts

Four terror attacks and the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in the space of four months have sadly demonstrated the dangers posed to all involved in unexpected events or emergencies.

The RCN has published guidance for nurses to clarify what action they should take if they are caught up in such an incident. The advice makes clear that nurses, whether at work or off duty, must always ensure they are safe before offering care.

The college reiterates that nurses should follow the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) code of conduct at all times. This states that registrants must take account of their own safety, the safety of others, and other options such as paramedics

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