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Tip of the Week: Hospital safety drill goes too far

Hospital Safety Insider, November 18, 2010

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Hospital drills are a great way to educate staff in an instance where a real-life dangerous situation occurs. However, if it is not brought to staff attention that the drill will be carried out, it could cause potential problems. A recent example occurred at a Las Vegas hospital, according to an article in a recent issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety newsletter:

In May, a terrorist drill at St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s Siena campus in Las Vegas proved too realistic for employees and patients. A man wielding a gun entered the ICU and began ordering employees into a break room. Critically ill patients were left temporarily uncared for and employees were deathly frightened.

According to a July 3 news report in the Las Vegas Sun, an off-duty police officer with an unloaded gun acted as an armed gunman. Employees were unaware that a drill would occur and therefore thought an actual gunman with a loaded weapon was ordering them into a hostage situation.

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