SALINAS, CA, July 31, 2013- Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System is initiating a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) training exercise on Thursday to build on skills and procedures needed to respond to large scale medical incidents in the community.
“Ongoing training and the evaluation of resources and policies during emergency scenarios are critical,” says SVMHS Emergency Department Medical Director, David Ramos, MD. “Fortunately, mass casualty incidents are rare but we must always be prepared for worst case scenarios-it’s imperative for the safety of the community, patient outcomes and the protection of our own staff.”
The hands on training exercise August 1st will simulate a crash and overturning of a transportation truck carrying a toxic chemical. The emergency response team will encounter patients with traumatic injury. A decontamination station will be mobilized to ensure proper treatment of individuals who might have come into contact with the chemical during the simulated activity.
In addition to SVMHS physicians, nurses and staff, first responders from Salinas Fire Department, AMR Monterey County and approximately 40 volunteers of all ages will take part in the training exercise. Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System will initiate the appropriate Level II trauma response as well as activate the decontamination station near the emergency department.
The MCI is part of the ongoing training that takes place at SVMHS. This particular exercise will incorporate added elements based on the commitment by Salinas Valley Memorial to serve the region as a Level II trauma center.
Media is invited to attend the MCI on August 1 from 10am-2pm outside the Emergency Department at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. The ER is located on San Jose Street with Wilgart Way as the nearest cross. The best visuals will take place before noon. Interviews will be arranged on location.