NHRMC EMS and Emergency Management participated in a multi-state exercise Wednesday that focused on the movement of patients between hospitals when Ebola is a suspected or confirmed diagnosis.
As part of the drill, NHRMC EMS members traveled to Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville. Once there, EMS donned protective equipment and transported a dummy simulating a patient in an isolation pod back to NHRMC’s main campus.
“We were glad to participate in this drill alongside one of our regional hospitals,” said Paul Carr, NHRMC emergency management manger. “This type of training is an important way to test the state’s preparedness level for response and recovery.”
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services coordinated the exercise in North Carolina, which also involved public health agencies in addition to healthcare providers and first responders.