Self Regional is partnering with Greenwood County EMS to conduct a disaster drill on Sept. 12 which will simulate a chemical spill that affects a group of individuals who require emergency care. During this drill Greenwood EMS will be transporting “patients” to the Emergency Care Center, where a decontamination team will greet them outside under a large yellow tent. Self Regional will activate its Incident Command who will make decisions during the drill.
Trieste Underhill from Quality Management Services will be coordinating the initiative and said it’s important to simulate the experience as closely as possible to a real emergency. “It’s something we hope that we don’t have to use, but as the care provider for the region, we need to be prepared to deal with the effects that a chemical spill could have,” said Underhill. “We have trucks and trains constantly transporting chemicals through the area on our rails and our roads, as well as a number of manufacturing industries that utilize materials which could become hazardous. It’s important that we make sure everyone is comfortable with their roles in a large scale disaster and understands appropriate protocols.”
Since it’s a simulated emergency, the drill will pause for any patients who are transported to the Emergency Care Center during the exercise.
Again this will take place on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at Self Regional Emergency Care Center, 1325 Spring Street Greenwood, SC.