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Oswego Hospital Holds Annual Decontamination Drill

Hospital news | Friday, May 17, 2019

Contact: Marion Ciciarelli

Oswego Health staff members practiced their response to a potential chemical accident through their annual decontamination drill held outside the Oswego Hospital Emergency Department on May 16th.

The drill’s fictitious scenario involved high school students attending a sporting event at a park when an explosion occurs in a nearby storage shed. The cause of the explosion was believed to be Malathion, a highly toxic organophosphate pesticide While there were no physical injuries due to the simulated explosion, several students experienced symptoms that included difficulty breathing and swallowing, stinging and tearing of the eyes, stomach nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, weakness and headache.

Under the drill, the victims, who were New Vision students from the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation (CiTi), self-reported to the hospital rather than wait for emergency services personnel to respond to the scene. This also allowed the students to act out potential situations that are likely to occur during a drill.

Coordinating the drill was Paul Vandish, Oswego Health Director of Risk Management. Participating in the drill were staff members from numerous hospital departments. On hand to observe the drill were representatives from the Oswego Fire Department and Exelon Generation.

Oswego Health staff members practiced their response to a potential chemical accident through their annual decontamination drill held outside the Oswego Hospital Emergency Department. Portraying the victims were New Vision students from the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation (CiTi), who self-reported to the hospital. Pictured in the wheelchair is Ben Carguello, a student from the Pulaski School District.