CT hospital conducts drill similar to actual event

Emergency Management Alert, April 13, 2010

Bristol (CT) Hospital emergency management coordinator is leading the effort of a communitywide drill to ensure all local emergency management officials communicate effectively during a disaster, reports the Bristol Press.

The simulated event will be a car bomb that strikes a factory, releasing hazardous chemicals which cause respiratory distress. The disaster scenario is not that far fetched, especially considering that Middletown, CT, experienced a gas plant explosion earlier this year. Besides Bristol Hospital, the John Dempsey Hssptial in Stamford, CT, and the Hospital of Central Connecticut's New Britain and Southington campuses are involved.

The drill will test in particular how the hospitals communicate with each other and quickly decontaminate people at the scene before entering emergency rooms, so as not to contaminate the hospital.

Source: The Bristol Press


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