Science World explodes and 25 children are rushed to BC Children's Hospital. A mass casualty is a frightening scenario that no one wants, but one that staff should be prepared for.
BC Children's Hospital held a mass casualty exercise October 19 to ensure the emergency department, and other areas of the hospital, are properly prepared.
As part of the exercise, staff and care providers were joined by paramedics from BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) and staff from Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC). Child actors, complete with moulage, realistic, special effects makeup, added to the authenticity of the event.
Through exercises like this, we can gather valuable feedback on current response plans and make adjustments and improvements.
Patient care was not affected by this training event.
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