MVHC Conducts Decontamination Drill

July 27, 2012

MVHC completes decontamination training

7_26_Decontamination_Training_029_RESIZED_for_WEB.jpgMinnesota Valley Heath Center (MVHC) recently completed its annual onsite decontamination drill.

“These refresher drills are essential so that MVHC ‘s decon team is always prepared to respond to hazardous materials incidents,” said Russ Lawrence, MVHC Director of Facilities and Hazardous Materials Specialist. “We reviewed our Hospital Emergency Response Plan and set up the decontamination tent. Assigned team members practiced putting on their Personal Protective Equipment prior to the arrival of simulated patients who were triaged and then taken through an actual decontamination process.”

The drill also fulfilled a requirement for the MVHC team to attend FEMA-sponsored Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama this fall. HERT is a three-day course designed to provide high level hazardous materials training to hospitals and healthcare facility personnel.

“The effectiveness of response during emergencies depends on the amount of planning and training our personnel have,” said Trish Townsdin, MVHC CEO/President. “We are committed to ensuring that our facility is prepared to carry out the detailed procedures involved in hazardous materials incidents.”

Picture: Members of MVHC’s decontamination team are pictured transporting a simulated victim through the decontamination process during a drill last week. Inside the tent, staff wore Personal Protective Equipment, a multi-step preparation that is critical to responder safety. From the left, are Theresa Kelly, Pat Schlegel, Randy Snow, Pam Williams, Glenn Denzer and Joe Roby. The contaminated patient volunteer is Chad Portner.

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