This morning’s active shooter drill was a valuable learning experience for everyone who participated. All those involved in the drill were called together at 8:30 a.m. to begin simulating a surge in patients occurring as a result of an active shooter situation. Our “patients” were student volunteers from Colorado Christian University. The volunteers were great – made up in faux blood – they were very convincing. Clinical staff in the ED, Med/Surg/Tele, ICU and OR areas were given the chance to triage, “treat” and transfer patients in real time as the overall situation changed. Thinking on their feet, many of our staff came up with creative ideas to solve problems, and teamed up to help each other when it was needed.
As we had hoped, the drill ran smoothly, and gave us plenty of information and practice to use in the event that a real disaster situation should occur. Thanks to everyone who played a part, we could not have made this happen without each of you!