Seven Pierce County hospitals and other volunteers will be taking part in an exercise today to see how the health care system handles an incident that requires decontamination of patients before they are admitted to the hospital.
The training exercise is expected to last from 8:30 a.m. to noon, according to a press release from Pierce County.
Participating in today’s drill will be four MultiCare Health System facilities – Tacoma General, Good Samaritan, Mary Bridge Children’s and Allenmore hospitals – and three Franciscan Health System facilities – St. Joseph, St. Clare, and St. Anthony hospitals – as well as Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management.
Volunteers will be acting as patients who’ve been contaminated by an unknown substance after an tanker truck overturned and was punctured on Interstate 5, the press release stated. Decontamination sites will be set up outside each participating hospital.
Members of the Regional Hazmat Team and Madigan Army Medical Center will observe and evaluate the exercise. The Amateur Radio Emergency Services Medical Services Team, Citizen Corps, Emergency Response Training Institute and the Local Emergency Planning Committee will be assisting as well, the county reported.