Hospitals Prepare for Mass Casualty Situations


FISHERSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- Hospitals in the Valley work hard to be ready for the aftermath of mass casualties, whether it be the Fort Hood shooting, the mudslide in Washington or the Boston Bombing.

Lisa Schwenk, a spokeswoman for Augusta Health, said the hospital works with other agencies and hospitals to practice different crisis scenarios.

Schwenk said having only medical training isn't enough because of all the coordination responding to a disaster requires.

Knowing the work hospitals do to prepare comforts some in the Valley who said they realize a mass shooting can happen anywhere. Many said they think it's good hospitals are practicing regularly because crises and shootings seem to be becoming more common.

Schwenk said the hospital practices drills within the hospital, as well as regional drills for even larger-scale disasters.


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