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BY JUDY HIBBS In conjunction with Dignity Health St Mary Medical Center, Coordinator of Disaster Preparedness Janet Seebert, RN led an important multi-agency emergency drill at Catalina Island Medical Center on Thursday August 28. Forty-two people participated including CIMC staff, LA County Sheriff, Avalon Fire, LA County Fire, Baywatch Avalon with Dignity Health St. Mary Disaster Preparedness expert Kathy Dollarhide and her husband Dave who is a Fire Chief at Ft Irwin. The purpose of the drill is to practice and test response times, communication and the coordina- tion of the various agencies in a mock natural or man-made disas- ter situation. This particular drill involved an "active shooter" who laid siege to the hospital. The "perpetrator" gained entry to the medical center by ringing the emergency room door bell. The first casualty was the nurse who opened the door and was "shot" at point blank range. "Victims" then remained posi- tioned at their initial point of con- tact with large signs stating their circumstances (GSW = gunshot wound to chest, no respiration, no pulse, unconscious). The "shooter" next confronted and "wounded" the doctor in the Emergency Department. Despite the scenario in which the physician was "gravely injured" during the drJll, for the purpose of training, the doctor continued to direct non-medical • personnel about appropriate medi- cal care measures. If in the event of an actual emergency and if the physician on duty is incapacitated, this drill emphasized the need for first responders to summon additional doctors to the site of the incident as soon as possible. A total of five "victims" were involved including the "alleged perpetrator" who turned the (pre- tend) "gun"on himself. Hospital personnel, sheriff, fire and other responders debriefed in what is called a "hot wash" (by the Fire department) or "Lessons Learned" (as it is referred to by Sheriff per- sonnel). "Would you know what to do in an emergency?," is the question everyone should ask themselves. How the hospital employees responded was constructively reviewed. The full tactical response by LA County Sheriff and all of the fire agencies was quick but during the initial moments of the "incident" this drill illustrated problems to overcome if a danger- ous intrusion into the "workplace" event occurred. Some hospital employees stayed at their desks rather than .flee. Others tried to use land lines to call 911. Janet Seebert, Disaster Coordinator commented that a "better response option is to close doors, hide and grab a personal cell phone to call the authorities." One inadvertent victim, a reception staff member became collateral damage as the "shooter" passed by the front desk area where he had remained "on hold" with the 911 operator. "We also discovered that the vague description of the 'unsub' (unknown subject) was an issue --- bald guy, blue Hawaiian shirt" Responders mistook the CIMC Facilities Maintenance Manager for the "shooter" because of his shirt color and proximity to the scene. The staff member was heard saying repeatedly "It wasn't me!" Seen at left: Volunteers go throught their paces in the drill. Seen above: Emergency personnel gather after the August 28 "active shooter" drill at CIMC. Participants included hospital staff, LA County Sheriff, LA County Fire, Avalon Fire and Baywatch. Courtesy photos Another "lesson learned" was how important non-medical hos- p!tal personnel and bystanders are in the care and first aid rendered to potential victims. The Medic Alert System which CIMC is a part of was given notice of the "drill." This disaster alert system updates the number of beds and ventilators available in any given geographical area twice daily for triage in case of a large scale emergency or disaster. Dignity Health St Mary Medical Center is the island's "base hospital in a disaster or large scale emergency" and it was an excellent opportunity to learn from the experience and exper- tise of Disaster Resource Center Director Kathy Dollarhide who works directly with the island's Disaster Preparedness Coordinator and CERT (Citizen's Emergency Respi)nse Team). CEO John Friel thanked "all of the agencies for participating in this first ever "active shooter" drill at CIMC". New members are being sought for a CERT TRAINING weekend which is coming up on Friday October 24 from 6-10 p.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday October 25-26. There are 40 spaces available for the free all inclusive course. Participants receive a free back- pack, helmet and valuable experi- ence to assist their families, co- workers and the community. The time and location of the CERT training is to be announced. For more information about becoming a CERT Team member please call (310) 510-0700. Registration and training is being conducted by a special unit of the Los Angeles County Fire Department who are coming to the island especially for this week- end of instruction and emergency preparedness education. Thanks to all of those who par- ticipated in this important activity. CIMC is committed to provide quality healthcare to each indi- vidual and to improve the overall health of our community. September 5 through September 11 Shows Nightly at 7:30pm Rated PG-13 Admission: Adult $15.00, Senior or Child $13.130 Matinee - Saturday & Wednesday 4:30pro Admission: Adult $10.00, Senior or Child $8.00 Every Tuesday $8.00 Admission From page 7 culent leaves that retain and store water. 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