Chemical exercise will equip emergency nurses with specialist skills

Chemical exercise will equip emergency nurses with specialist skills
14 February 2017

Emergency department nurses will be taking part in a training exercise to ensure they have the specialist skills to cope should a chemical incident occur.

The nurses will be involved in a drill which will simulate an incident involving a hazardous substance.

‘Casualties’ will be played by members of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Civil Contingencies Unit as well as other volunteers.

They will act out the role of workers who have been accidently exposed to hazardous chemicals. The training will include theory work followed by a practical session outside the accident and emergency department at Queen’s Hospital.

The training will start at 10am and is expected to finish at 12.30pm on Thursday, February 16.

Emergency Preparedness Manager Mark Riley said: “Although chemical incidents are extremely rare, it is absolutely vital that as a hospital we are fully prepared should such an event occur. We have a duty to the communities we serve to carry out this training every three years to ensure that hospital staff are properly informed and trained.

“I would like to reassure people that the training won’t affect patients visiting A&E and the department will be staffed as normal. The only difference people will notice is that there will be three tents outside the entrance to the emergency department where the practical exercise will take place.”

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