Brampton - Staff at the hospital have plenty of training and education
opportunities, but this one might just be the most important when it comes to
dealing with a crisis.
Hospital staff and physicians are undergoing a week of
training for handling and responding to dangerous chemicals. Scenarios will simulate chemical, biological,
radioactive or nuclear decontamination situations, like a freight train
derailing and releasing pesticide around a residential area.
A hands-on component will help drive the message home. “People learn best by doing,” says Rita
VanOosterhout, Director of Risk and Emergency Preparedness. “By introducing a
practical session, staff have the chance to practice and get a feel for dealing
with an emergency.”
The training isn’t required by law, but it is important to
conduct yearly training to keep the knowledge fresh. It also helps staff adapt to other staffing,
equipment, or process changes at the hospital.
By making sure that we properly decontaminate people, we
make sure that our patients are not exposed to danger and we are able to treat
people accordingly, Rita adds.
Despite the frenzy of activity that may be going on in the
tent outside the emergency department, it’s business as usual inside the