Explosion Allowed Hospital to Test its Disaster Response

While contractors conducted tests at the site of the Kleen Energy Plant in Middletown, CT, a natural gas leak caused an explosion. The plant was under construction at the time, and not operating.

In an article on www.healthleadersmedia.com, Scott Wallask says Sunday night’s explosion at the Kleen Energy Plant in Middletown brought repercussions for the nearby Middlesex Hospital. The hospital uses the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) to define staff roles during an emergency response. While many top administrators aren’t at the hospital on weekends and off-shifts, the nursing supervisor becomes the designated incident commander and sprang to action on Sunday.

According to the article, after an emergency “huddle,” hospital staff began determining which patients could be discharged in order to free up beds. Security officers were posted at every entrance, ready for anyone wanting information about the explosion victims. And OR staff prepared the post-anesthesia care unit to open up beds. Meanwhile, the hospital’s EMS manager acted as a close liaison between the hospital’s emergency operations center and the explosion response scene, “without the need to interact with busy police and fire officials,” Wallask writes.

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