Oklahoma hospitals prepare staff through first receiver training
| 08.10.2007 | 06:13:43 | Views: 2916 | ID:
August 10 '07: The Edmond Sun reported local hospitals are taking steps to integrate security and preparedness operations into their programs to help staff become more prepared. The Edmond Medical Center and Mercy Health Center train their staff through the first receivers certification course, and the hospital systems will now be linked via wireless Internet.
Additionally, officials at the hospital work with the Metro Emergency Response Command Center to coordinate their efforts during any possible disaster scenario. John Hestand, the EMC's director of plant operations and safety officer told the Edmond Sun, "We list all ... types of events that could occur in our community. ... It could be a terrorist attack. It could be a tornado. And we look at those particular events and grade them as far as probability ... and how prepared we are to respond."To help integrate response and situational awareness, EMC also uses the HCA Emergency Information Center. Additionally, there is a list of best practices posted by OSHA to help first receivers with diagnosing and sorting casualties in the event of a disaster. Doctors, hospital staff and first responders in Oklahoma began focusing on emergency and disaster response after the Oklahoma City bombings in 1995. In that attack, more than 168 people were killed and 800 injured.
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