On Thursday, Columbus Regional Health hosted Hospital-Based Decontamination Training for first receivers at hospitals. The training is sponsored by the Region I Health Care Coalition and this class is for operation-level clinical and non-clinical support staff from Midtown Medical Center and Northside Medical Center.
Since MMC is the Regional Coordinating Hospital, it is a goal to improve programs within Emergency Management. MMC employees recently attended a state decontamination 24-hour course to better facilitate training at the local level.
By taking part in the course, CRH staff is more than adequately prepared to respond in the case of a hazardous material emergency, that brings affected patients to CRH facilities for help.
The 8-hour training course for hospital first receivers was half classroom lecture learning and half hands-on practice, where trainees practiced donning and doffing Level C or greater Personal Protective Equipment.
Daryl Feagins, Director of Environmental Services at Columbus Regional Health, explains why this training is so important.
“You don’t want a patient to enter your hospital with a contaminate on them. That’s happened around the world several times. So, you want to have the patient with anything that’s contaminated on them clean out out on the parking lot. That way you can protect your staff and others," said Feagins.
The team practiced the building, using and dismantling of the deluge system. The deluge system consists of large pipes, hoses and connectors which the team must connect to city fire hydrants to produce and direct copious amounts of water on contaminated patients.
Employees also trained in the outdoor secondary shower area, located adjacent to MMC’s Emergency Trauma Center Ambulance Entrance and Helipad.
The opening of the brand new Emergency Room at Northside Medical Center in April amplifies the importance of Columbus Regional Health maintaining a strong decontamination program.