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Evacuation drill gives hospital staff disaster-responce experience

Posted by wlpo on August 23, 2011

When disaster strikes at a hospital, every second counts in getting the patients to safety.  The staff at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley and Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru are ready for the worst.   Hospital staff, the Peru Police Department and the Peru Ambulance Service used a drill Tuesday to test new evacuation equipment.

Gean Vogelgesang of IVCH says a paraslide will allow employees to lower someone out of bed, onto a slide and then slid down a staircase.  A stair chair is another mechanism to help patients down the stairs.

He says the drill was beneficial.

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