Disaster drill includes dozens of hospitals

WELLINGTON, Fla. - Wellington Regional Medical Center was one of 11 hospitals in Palm Beach County taking part in a disaster drill Friday.

Doctors and nurses donned protective suits as mock patients were treated for chemical exposure.

The drill started as hospitals were told several people had been exposed to a chemical agent at the Cruzan Amphitheater.

A command center for the drill was set up at the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach. Several hospitals in Dade and Broward counties also took part in the drill.

The part of the drill that Wellington Regional Medical Center took part in started at the Cruzan Amphitheater, where 154 people were reported to have been affected by some sort of chemical.

From there it was all hands on deck at local hospitals like Wellington Regional Medical Center.

Wellington Regional Medical Center Director of Emergency Services Joann Franklin said, "It's O-K when we go to the classes and we do everything, there's no stress, there's no worries. It's a lot different doing it out in the field than doing it in a classroom."

A command center was set up inside participating hospitals.

They relayed information on victims to the disaster drill headquarters in Delray Beach.

37 people came to Wellington after the mock attack.

Many were showered and scrubbed down which are steps taken after exposure to chemicals.
 


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