Hospitals always need to be ready to answer the call of an emergency.
And some times, though rare in our region, that means being able to handle many situations at once.
In our Eye on Health today, we hear from a ER physician on how Trinity is ready to go...and how they have prepared for those rare occurances where almost everyone is needed.
Perry Olson has that.
Dr. Jeffrey Sather wants the ER to always be at the ready...and he's been through events over the last decade plus that have shaped how the ER responds to major emergencies. The train derailment and anhydrous ammonia spill of 2002...the flood...both have given guidance on how to respond at the hospital...but it doesn't take a major disaster to trigger action..
(Dr. Jeffrey Sather, MD - Trinity Health) "We go into our disaster mode with just five or six major trauma injury patients. Almost every year we have an incident of that scale where we call in extra physicians and extra help. Just think around the community some of the major auto accidents that happen in our area will trigger that response.
Those accidents are more and more numerous. In fact, Ward County is the third deadliest in the state this year behind McKenzie and Williams.
(Dr. Jeffrey Sather, MD - Trinity Health) "We have to be ready for that at any moment at any time because those are real events that happen on a regular basis and they are happening in our region."
And the ER is learning how to better respond -- to save as many lives as possible. With your Eye on Health, Perry Olson, KX News.