Sentara Norfolk General Hospital recently hosted an evacuation drill to test its disaster response and practice a large scale evacuation.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital hosts evacuation drill

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital recently hosted an evacuation drill to test its disaster response and practice a large scale evacuation. Using the scenario of a category three hurricane that would cause structural damage, hospital staff had to assess the number of patients in the facility; determine where extra capacity might be available in the state; and how to get patients safely relocated.

Using stair chairs and med sleds to transport patients down hallways and stairwells, hospital teams moved approximately 30 ‘patients’ for this simulation. Additional staff conducted a real-time tabletop drill in the lobby of the River Pavilion at SNGH to walk through all the steps necessary to care for patients and ensure safe and efficient transport to receiving facilities.

More than 200 personnel from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, EVMS and Sentara’s ambulance company, Medical Transport, were involved in the system’s first large scale hospital evacuation exercise.

Hospital staff routinely practice and drill a variety of scenarios to be prepared for actual events, should they ever happen.