Hospital trains employees on bioterrorism

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, December 15, 2005

Heritage Hospital in Tarboro, NC, developed a three-part series earlier this year to educate employees about bioterrorism and prepare them for handling such an emergency, an article in The Rocky Mount Telegram in Rocky Mount, NC, stated.

In the first session, hospital officials worked to develop a plan of action in the event of a bioterrorism emergency. In the second part, employees learned about different decontamination equipment, and in the final session employees took part in a bioterrorism treatment simulation.

During the simulation, nurses in the emergency department, nurse managers, and facilities staff learned how to set up decontamination tents, properly put on biohazard suits, and decontaminate patients with various ailments. Volunteers portrayed bioterrorism victims, the article said.

Envirosafe, an emergency response consulting firm based in Graham, conducted the training sessions, which were funded by a $65,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

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