September 21, 2016
For over a year, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s (P/SL) planned and designed a full-scale emergency preparedness drill to assess and address organizational response to an influx of patients from a radiological event. On September 21, 2016, we executed and simulated a life-like exercise showcasing the unique skills, services, and resources offered at P/SL in times of crisis. This included our unique ability to care for patients that have had high levels of radiation exposure requiring treatment from our Bone Marrow Transplant Program. P/SL is one of two designated treatment facilities in Colorado should this type of catastrophe occur and one of approximately 76 in the U.S. where patients would receive this specialized type of care. This exercise included the decontamination of eight simulated victims due to contamination by a localized radiological event. These eight simulated victims had moulage applied to represent the injuries that would incur from this type of incident.