HCA/HealthONE’s Swedish Medical Center in partnership with South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, church administration and security, 911 dispatch centers, law enforcement agencies, and fire/rescue districts will conduct a full-scale emergency training operation during the month of November. The events will take place on November 2, 9, and 14 at a local church and mock victims will be transferred to Swedish Medical Center. The joint exercise is intended to help local first responders and hospitals prepare for their roles during a worst case scenario situation.
Swedish, an acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, cares for over 200,000 patients annually and is the south metro Denver area’s only level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. Emergency training at the hospital is part of ongoing exercises to maintain peak emergency readiness.
“While our staff participate in emergency preparedness operations on a continual basis, this particular drill is a culmination of months of planning,” said Jon Brillhart, Swedish Medical Center director of safety, “We understand the importance of conducting this type of training to include all the stakeholders in public safety. This collaborative training exercise will continue to prepare our staff for a potential critical incident that may develop in our community.”
To assist with the training, volunteers will act in the drills and exercises equipped with realistic surgical cut suits. The suits provide a way to simulate the effects of severe traumatic events on a live human while allowing first responders and physicians to safely perform real procedures.
Read more here in The Denver Post.