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Practicing for Disaster: Laura Guerrero, LPN, makes a record of medication
dispensed to adult nurse practitioner Rhonda Mose while incident commander
Michele Lively (back) maintains radio communications with health and safety
officials during a mock bioterrorism exercise at Mercy Health/Love County
Hospital on October 12, 2017.
Both the Love County Health Department and Mercy Health/Love County Hospital experienced a high rate of participation in operating separate mock bioterrorism exercises on October 12. An imaginary outbreak of plague, a contagious disease, had occurred. The institutions needed to obtain and administer a plague-fighting medicine.
Volunteer “patients” by the hundreds turned out at the public exercise site in the parking lot of McClain Stadium. This was a drive-through drill in which mock medicine was dispensed to volunteers while they remained in their vehicles.
Mercy Health/Love County’s 150 employees tested their response in a closed exercise within the hospital. At this site, employees walked through to receive the mock medicine.
In each case, respondents were simulating treatment in the event of a public health outbreak or crisis. The purpose of the exercise was to test the capabilities of the plans in place to protect citizens and keep the hospital operational.
A Health Department spokesperson reported treating 398 mock patients in one hour, well in excess of the stated goal of 270 patients per hour. At the hospital, Michele Lively,...
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