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Emergency preparedness drill held at California hospital

Hospital Safety Insider, August 25, 2016

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Hospital volunteers, health professionals, and local fire departments participated in an extensive emergency preparedness drill July 30 at Adventist Medical Center in Hanford, California, according to a report from the Sentinel newspaper.

About 85 volunteers, many of them high school and college students, were guided through different emergency drill seminars by hospital nurses and staff, as well as the Kings County and Hanford fire departments, the report said.

This was the third year the drill has been held in Hanford. It was modelled after a hazardous materials disaster, which was designed to give prospective healthcare students an opportunity to work with actual healthcare workers, according to the report. Groups of volunteers were rotated through the drill in three areas: decontamination and fire department; triage; and command center.

According to the report, the decontamination and fire department seminar allowed students to go inside a hazardous emergency fire truck and to put on hazmat suits. The triage tent included make-shift beds and emergency room staff, who spoke to students about receiving patients. Students also attended a seminar in a hospital conference room.

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