EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSThomas Hospital Officials Say Emergency Preparedness Drill A Success
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Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Katelyn Sykes
Reported: Oct. 22, 2013 4:42 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 23, 2013 12:49 PM EDT
South Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Thomas Memorial Hospital was full of emergency teams Wednesday morning for an emergency preparedness drill and they're calling it a success.
You might not have even known it was going on because most of the activity actually happened inside of the hospital.
The drill dealt with an active shooter in the emergency room and South Charleston Police said they trained in three different scenarios, all of which were challenging in their own right. One of which dealt with a patient picked up by an ambulance and was taken to the ER but personnel there didn't realize he had a gun.
Some hospital staff acted as victims while other staff and police had to control the situation.
Organizers said they had been planning this drill for about a month and while they need to work on some things, overall they're calling today a success.
"I don't think you're ever comfortable with this type of situation but you know in this day and time you've got to prepare for something like this," said Paige Johnson, Thomas Memorial Hospital. "So that's what today was a part of that we wanted to be able to know that we could have all our actions and our policies in place so we do feel better about it today as of right now then we did ever before."
Hospital officials said they're impressed by the flow of communication between agencies. Now they're going to be debriefing on Wednesday's drill to see where they need to make improvements.
Thomas Memorial Hospital will hold an emergency preparedness drill Wednesday.
The drill at the South Charleston hospital was set to take place between 8 a.m. and noon Wednesday. The drill will include the scenario of an active shooter in the hospital's emergency room, according to a release from Thomas Memorial Hospital.
There will be increased police presence at the hospital during the drill.
Members of the West Virginia State Police, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, South Charleston Police and Fire will also be participating in the drill.
The purpose of the drill is to set forth requirements and implementation for the Emergency Preparedness Plan at the hospital.
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