Thursday, September 6, 2018

Winston Medical Center and Locals Participate in Full-Scale Emergency Drill.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 more than 20 agencies, schools and businesses from Winston County participated in a full scale emergency drill held at Winston Medical Center. This event was planned and exercised with the help of the Winston County Healthcare Coalition. 

From 8 am to 11 am, residents, patients, and guests may have notice law enforcement and fire personnel and vehicles inside and outside the hospital as well as hear overhead pages throughout the hospital pertaining to the exercise. With  student volunteers acting as the “victims,” physicians, hospital staff and emergency personnel practiced patient care and transportation for a mock emergency when a disaster occurs. The volunteers wore full make-up and posed as injured victims and concerned family members.

As the victims showed up, hospital staff members classified them based on their injuries, with emergency vehicles transporting patients to emergency areas and trauma bays. 
The fake injuries included everything from lacerations to a fatality caused by drowning. The students acting as patients said the drill was a great first-hand experience to see how things worked in the emergency and healthcare field. The students who participated are all students who plan to work in the healthcare field and are active students involved in the Allied Health (HOSA) program at LMSD. 

The exercise helped participants work through what they would do in a real life scenario.  “Preparedness is important,” said Paula Harris, Chairperson for Winston Medical Center Disaster Committee. “You never know what is going to happen so working together with various businesses and agencies, and having good communication is key. Participating in exercises like this helps us better prepare in case a real disaster was to happen,” said Harris.
  
While there was increased activity at the hospital, WMC was committed to ensuring that patient care was not disrupted. 
Any one who would like to get involved in the Winston County Healthcare Coalition may contact Paula Harris at 662-779-5150.