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Amtrak derailment emergency response went well

January 9, 2018

The emergency response to the Amtrack derailment in Dupont, Wash., went well, according to an article on The Olympian website.

Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia drills two to three times a year on its disaster response. The hospital also serves as the Disaster Medical Control Center (DMCC) for the region.

All Providence units were notified of the situation. Personnel that could be released to help gathered and formed a labor pool that the hospital could draw on to meet the response. Several hundred showed up to help.

After reviewing their response, Providence plans to tailor its notification system so it doesn’t go out to that many people, including night shift workers who were asleep.

Also, staff on each floor of the hospital was asked to fill out a form that would help track number of staff and patients, but those forms were buried on the hospital intranet. They will now put those forms in an easier-to-find location.

Read the article.



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