San Dimas Community Hospital: Keeping the Community Safe by Preparing for Hazards, Emergencies and Disasters

San Dimas Community Hospital: Keeping the Community Safe by Preparing for Hazards, Emergencies and Disasters

12-23-2013

On Monday, December 23rd, San Dimas Community Hospital conducted their annual decontamination drill.

Staff discussed best practices and action required during earthquakies, fires, floods, terrorist attacks, hazmat incidents and more. San Dimas Community Hospital frequently reviews it policies to best prepare for all hazards, emergencies, and disasters. With the safety and protection of the community as its number one priority, SDCH's Emergency Preparedness Department has implemented a preparedness program and a designated decontamination team. This group has taken on the responsibility of protecting the lives of co-workers, patients, and visitors. The team includes nurses, technicians, engineers, house keepers and non-clinical employees.

"It's crucial that we as a community hospital are prepared to keep our citizens safe," says Cambria Boyer, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager. "Knowing that our response can make a huge difference in a disaster keeps us focused on maintaining a constantly evolving and strong program." As first responders, the hospital must be able to treat patients contaminated or exposed to chemicals, without risking exposure to others.

As it is the responsibility of the decontamination team to clean all contaminated patients prior to entering the hospital, a decontamination obstacle course was established to aid in an educational excercise for the team. While participating in their training and planning exercises, the team took time to celebrate the holidays over a festive lunch, building team morale and comradery. Prizes, gifts and tokens of appreciation were handed out after the drill.

We at SDCH are proud of our decontamination team and the commitment and dedication they have demonstrated to each other and our community. Thank you for your service!

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