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Osler Crisis Simulations Keep Patients Safe
By William Osler Health System | Published  09/25/2013 | Community News | Rating:
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William Osler Health System has over 800 beds and a health care team of over 4,000 staff, 700 physicians and 1100 volunteers. Osler provides programs and services to 1.3 million area residents in the growing and diverse communities they serve. William Osler Health System has three facilities – Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and Peel Memorial (currently being redeveloped).

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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 hospitals.


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