The Martinsburg VA Medical Center in West Virginia invited employees to participate in an exercise that is expected to improve emergency preparedness efforts.
The center held it’s Point of Dispensing exercise on February 7 from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Employees and volunteers simulated procedures that the hospital would take in light of a flu outbreak, anthrax outbreak or other serious emergencies.
“Today we’re doing a flu exercise, we’re going to be distributing tamiflu to patients or people who may have been exposed to the flu,” Jodi Jones, emergency response team captain, said.
The event had a fairly large turnout with Martinsburg residents both young and old participating in the practice.
Emergency manager, Todd Lake, said since he’s been at the center, they’ve had to conduct two POD activations within a three-year time span.
“We have a lot of regulations that require us to have it but we go above and beyond that because everything we do now makes people feel more comfortable and helps prepare us to save lives,” Lake said.
Jones said the center tries to do this every year or every other year to improve the efforts of seeing as many patients as possible.