STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.. -- A section of Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, is lined with gurneys in preparation for an emergency preparedness drill scheduled for Monday.
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Staten Island University Hospital will stage a drill on Monday to test its readiness to handle mass fatalities. Gurneys are already lining the hallways and mannequins have been prepped to mimic patients who have died as a result of a flu pandemic.
Hospitals routinely hold drills to create disaster plans and prepare staff before an actual emergency strikes, like the one that forced the evacuation of both the Ocean Breeze and Prince’s Bay campuses during Hurricane Irene in August.
“Exercises like this one enable us to respond in the best possible way to an emergency situation as we did last fall with the hurricane evacuation,” said Dr. James Kenny, co-chairman of the Emergency Management Committee and associate chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department.
The drill is sponsored by the city medical examiner’s office in coordination with the city Health Department’s Office of Emergency Preparedness, and will bring together the hospital’s vital services and personnel.
All participants will be identified as members of the drill team and signs will be posted in both English and Spanish to notify real patients that an exercise is in progress.