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Flaming Car In Lobby Tests Hospital Plans, Employees

Written by  Thomas J. Huser, MS, CHSP

It is truly rare that a facility actually puts their disaster plans into action. Most facilities have elaborate plans, which look good on paper and are well executed during the semi-annual drills. Most facilities do not have the opportunity to truly test their plans to see if the paper plan works as well as they believe that it will. We had such an incident at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis and we discovered very quickly that what looks good on paper does not always translate to a good plan when placed into practice. This article covers the incident which we experienced in hopes that others may learn from our mistakes. Background In the Spring of 1994 several members of our disaster committee attended the annual National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) conference in Florida where the primary topic was the response to Hurricane Andrew. With the information fresh on the minds of the