OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Hospital joined other healthcare facilities from across the state on March 22 and tested its disaster preparedness during a mass casualty drill.
State Health officials as part of the drill notified Oswego Hospital vice president and chief operating officer Nancy Deavers, who served as incident commander, that a line of severe tornadoes were in the area.
In the drill’s scenario, one tornado hit Oswego High School causing several students to be badly injured. After receiving this news, Oswego Hospital acted out the steps that would be taken if community members began arriving at the hospital’s emergency room for treatment.
Posing as the injured, during the drill, were Oswego BOCES New Visions students.
Following the hour-long drill, a critique session was held to review its effectiveness and to discuss possible improvements.
Observing the drill were representatives from the Oswego County Health Department.
Coordinating the hospital’s participation in the drill was Paul Vandish, director of quality and risk management.
“Oswego Hospital understands the importance of our role in emergency preparedness as a healthcare facility,” he said. “We must be prepared to respond effectively to various emergency situations that may occur in our community. By conducting these exercises, it helps to demonstrate our staff’s readiness to respond and provides us an opportunity make improvements to our plan as a result.”