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Wayne hospital use drill to prepare for chemicals

August 11, 2018

WAYNE — Providence Medical Center has been preparing for the arrival of patients doused with chemicals.

Jodie Thompson, safety and service excellence coordinator at Providence, participated in the hospital first receivers instructor trainer course in July 2017.

That event took place at Lincoln Southeast Community College and was presented by the Center for Preparedness Education. The center has been offering chemical awareness and decontamination training for 14 years.

From May to June of this year, Thompson trained 27 Providence staff members in a nine-hour course.

The course includes following OSHA’s best practices for hospital-based first receivers guidelines for awareness and operations level training.

On Thursday, hospital staff took part in a full-scale decontamination exercise. During the exercise, mock victims were placed in a decontamination shower and students wore protective gear and worked through the decontamination process.

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