Community Hospital tests emergency response during exercise

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Community Hospital in Grand Junction held a full-scale emergency preparedness drill Wednesday, putting their skills to the test for something serious.

The situation they simulated was a traffic accident that involved a tractor-trailer carrying 50-gallon drums of chemical pesticide.

Five actors played patients who were all rushed to the hospital.

The medical team was tested on their response, mitigation and recovery while using decontamination suits and a tent.

"These drills are very important particularly for healthcare organizations to prepare our staff for potential real-world situations, but in a safe controlled learning environment,” said Karen Martsolf, with Community Hospital.

They say they conduct a full-scale exercise every couple of years.

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