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Vancouver hospital was ready for hockey riot

Hospital Safety Insider, August 4, 2011

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St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver was ready for whatever the riot following Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final threw its way, including an outside triage area to treat minor injuries such as tear gas exposure.

Before the puck dropped in the Vancouver Canucks’ first game of the playoffs back in April, the hospital had been preparing for riots, with memories of the city’s 1994 Stanley Cup riot still vivid in the minds of some veteran hospital staff.

The hospital connected with the city government and municipal groups in mid-May and then, as the hometown team progressed through each round of the playoffs, the hospital implemented its Emergency Operation Centre, where a central command office was set up and communication tools tested.

After the Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in game 7 of the final on June 15, the hospital started seeing approximately 60 patients within the first two hours of the rioting. A total of 147 patients showed up at the hospital from the riot throughout the night. Setting up a minor injuries triage outside also helped keep tear gas victims from contaminating the hospital with the hazardous chemicals.

Source: Hospital News



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