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Barton staff gets ready for disaster

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Barton Memorial Hospital is preparing for disaster. The hospital has created a multi-disciplinary team to work on disaster preparedness. This includes pandemic flu, bioterrorism, multi-casualty incidents and a decontamination team.

The decontamination team is a group of various staff from the hospital who have been devoting their time to prepare for a chemical disaster. This team consists of nurses, technicians and engineers, all who have completed additional training to receive a “First Responders of Operations” certification.

This special training has taught them how to work in a decontamination suit and care for patients who have been contaminated from a chemical exposure. This team is working together with the El Dorado County hazardous materials team and fire department hazmat teams to better protect the community.

The hospital just received a grant to purchase a trailer that will be dedicated to decontamination of patients. The trailer was designed by the team captain and is self-contained and mobile to use in the South Lake Tahoe area. Supplies are being gathered to get the trailer ready along with training of staff and will be up and running in a few months.

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