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Research in fire prevention.
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PMID:  10274804     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper describes in broad terms, the fire testing programme we carried out on whole bed assemblies in 1984. It should be clear that the tests were carried out in a thoroughly rigorous scientific manner. As always there is more to be done. The immediate task of finding the so called 'safe' bed assembly is proceeding with the search this year for safer pillows. Softer barrier foams are now being produced and it may be that the NHS could use full depth foam mattresses rather than a barrier foam wrap. On the engineering side I have explained the false alarm problem, and I have reviewed some of the research we are doing to see that new technology is used to give us better systems in future. Life safety sprinkler systems give the possibility of truly active fire protection in patient areas. They will enhance fire safety but at the moment no trade-offs can be offered in other areas of fire protection--either active or passive. My final point is that although I have considered the Department's fire research by looking separately at specific projects, the fire safety of a hospital must always be considered as a total package. To be effective, individual components of fire safety must not be considered in isolation but as part of the overall fire safety system.
N Pearce
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hospital engineering     Volume:  39     ISSN:  -     ISO Abbreviation:  Hosp Eng     Publication Date:  1985 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-02-12     Completed Date:  1986-02-12     Revised Date:  2000-12-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7805786     Medline TA:  Hosp Eng     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  6-8     Citation Subset:  H    
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MeSH Terms
Beds / standards*
Fires / prevention & control*
Flame Retardants
Great Britain
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Flame Retardants

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