When a tragedy happens, victims will be sent to nearby hospitals for treatment. The outcome will be disastrous if things are poorly managed.
Mindful of this, KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital disaster-drill team, led by its Chief Executive Officer, Yusmah Salleh, organised a two-hour disaster exercise in preparation for a possible real-life situation.
The drill is conducted annually. However, this year’s scenario was on a fire taking place within the adjacent Regiment 503 (TA) Camp. The exercise was held on Wednesday, October 31.
“The objective is to test the hospital’s capacity in coping with an emergency. We too want to see how well our nursing staff are able to handle patients in crisis. Apart from that, management staff involved also play their roles in handling patients’ relatives, media and controlling the crowd in the hospital who are keen to get information on the crisis,” explained Yusmah.
Consultants from various disciplines were involved in the drill, namely neurosurgeons, orthopaedic and trauma specialists, anaesthetists, cardiologists and medical officers.
For the disaster drill team, the exercise proved once again that it is important to have a structured and tested patient-management system during crisis so as to be better prepared in a real-life situation.
”There’s no such thing as a hundred-percent preparedness. But keeping the organisation’s emergency management and communication plans up-to-date will get us as close as possible,” said Yusmah.