ONLY A DRILL

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Wi­dener nurs­ing stu­dents show the ef­fects of mock drill sim­u­lat­ing an ex­plo­sion at Talen En­ergy Sta­dium in Ch­ester. Stu­dents, first re­spon­ders and the re­gion’s hos­pi­tals all took part in the drill.

“More than 100 burn vic­tims in an ex­plo­sion.”

The emer­gency alert was dire. Thank­fully, it was only a drill.

Se­nior nurs­ing stu­dents at Wi­dener Univer­sity teamed Thurs­day with first re­spon­ders and the re­gion’s hos­pi­tals in a disas­ter sim­u­la­tion at Talen En­ergy Sta­dium.

The School of Nurs­ing is col­lab­o­rated with 35 lo­cal, county and state emer­gency re­sponse agen­cies and med­i­cal cen­ters across eight states and three coun­ties.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing agen­cies in­clude Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Health Bureau of Pub­lic Health Pre­pared­ness, the South­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia Surge Med­i­cal As­sis­tance Re­sponse Team, Croz­erCh­ester Med­i­cal Cen­ter, and the Ch­ester po­lice and fire de­part­ments.

Those on hand were called on to put their learn­ing and skillsets into ac­tion by re­spond­ing to an emer­gency disas­ter off cam­pus. The disas­ter is a sim­u­la­tion hosted an­nu­ally by the Wi­dener School of Nurs­ing.

Stu­dents ar­rived at the sta­dium aware that a drill was tak­ing place but un­aware of the sce­nario and scope. Ap­prox­i­mately 100 nurs­ing stu­dents acted as vic­tims in the event and re­ceived full make-up to make the sce­nario as re­al­is­tic as pos­si­ble.

Stu­dents also served as triage nurses in a des­ig­nated area. That helped stu­dents learn proper triage pro­to­col dur­ing a large-scale disas­ter. To sim­u­late what would take place dur­ing a real emer­gency, the stu­dents play­ing vic­tims were sent to par­tic­i­pat­ing area hos­pi­tals.

Many of the mock pa­tients will be trans­ported to Crozer be­cause of its close prox­im­ity to the sta­dium, but also be­cause Crozer is home to a trauma cen­ter, as well as a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized burn treat­ment cen­ter. Be­cause the na­ture of the sim­u­lated disas­ter, many of the wounds will present as burns. In ad­di­tion to Crozer, pa­tients were trans­ported to sev­eral other hos­pi­tals in the Philadel­phia re­gion.

Af­ter the sim­u­la­tion, all stu­dents and the re­gional part­ners par­tic­i­pated in a de­brief­ing panel dis­cus­sion with nurs­ing fac­ulty and pro­fes­sion­als, fo­cused on all ar­eas of triage from trauma con­trol to men­tal health, as well as the out­comes of co­or­di­nated ef­forts be­tween re­gional in­sti­tu­tions.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Wi­dener nurs­ing hosts live disas­ter sim­u­la­tion.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Wi­dener nurs­ing hosts live disas­ter sim­u­la­tion Thurs­day at Talen En­ergy Sta­dium.

Wi­dener nurs­ing hosts live disas­ter sim­u­la­tion.

Wi­dener nurs­ing hosts live disas­ter sim­u­la­tion.

Wi­dener nurs­ing hosts live disas­ter sim­u­la­tion.

Wi­dener nurs­ing hosts live disas­ter sim­u­la­tion.

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