Lincoln Health System (LHS) has announced that it will be conducting a mock disaster drill beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.
The drill will simulate a severe weather event and will take place at Lincoln Care Center with volunteer "patients" being transported to Lincoln Medical Center. This drill will test the health system’s plans and response in the event of an actual disaster which would trigger a sudden influx of patients to the hospital.
This emergency preparedness exercise is intended to mimic a real disaster and the local community can expect to see emergency responders at Lincoln Care Center and Lincoln Medical Center looking and acting as if it were a true disaster. Normal hospital Emergency Department operations and patient care will not be affected by the drill in any way. Students from Lincoln County High School’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Club will assist in the drill as volunteers and mock patients.
Hospitals are required to have disaster response plans in place and conduct periodic drills for improvement and training purposes.
“The goal of this exercise is to test our preparedness and ability to accommodate an influx of patients to our facility and be able to evaluate, treat, and arrange transportation for those patients with injuries beyond our scope of care here at LMC,” said Carrie Rogers, Director of Nursing for Lincoln Health System. “This is a mock drill, but it’s also a very real test of our ability to respond to an actual disaster.”