Residency Policies & Procedures
X. GENERAL PROGRAM POLICIES
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
In cases of inclement weather (e.g. snow or icy road conditions), residents
are expected to fulfill all patient care responsibilities, or to ensure
Specifically, residents are expected to:
- Make appropriate travel arrangements (e.g. chains, 4WD, bus), and
allow appropriate travel time, to ensure they can be present at the
clinical site for patient care. This can include the hospital's emergency
transportation system, where available.
- Stay in house if there is no guarantee of returning to the clinical
site within 30 minutes (e.g. stay in-house if unable to walk safely
to the clinical site within 30 minutes during home call or night float).
- Remain on-site as needed for patient care, until the next resident
or other appropriate provider arrives.
- Attempt to make a voluntary call/night float trade, or find appropriate
daytime coverage of patient care responsibilities, if they anticipate
difficulty getting to the clinical site.
- In case of emergent inability to travel to the clinical site, despite
having attempted the measures listed above, notify the attending, and/or
(as appropriate) clinic staff, Chief Resident, Assistant Training Director,
and/or Chief of Service, and (for call/night float), utilize the backup
call system for coverage and notify the resident(s) currently on-site
of the need to remain on-site until a backup resident can get there.
Please note that backup call residents may have similar difficulty getting
to the site. The backup system should only be used when absolutely necessary,
and the backup resident should be alerted as soon as possible, to maximize
the chances that he/she will be able to get to the clinical site in
time for call.
(Approved by the RESC, January 12, 2011.)
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