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Tennessee hospital, fire department conduct evacuation drill

Hospital Safety Insider, June 19, 2014

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A hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee is preparing for the opening of a new heart and vascular care wing by practicing for emergencies, according to a report from TV station WRCB.
 
Memorial Hospital will open its new wing later this summer, and on June 5 members of the staff conducted an emergency drill with the local fire department to practice evacuating non-ambulatory patients from the 90-bed facility, the report said.
 
About 30 firefighters volunteered to work as “patients” during the drill, which included the use of new, man-powered sleds that needed to be lowered down staircases. Staff members practiced packaging and triaging patients as they were evacuated from the hospital, WRCB reported.



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