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OSMH staging Mock Code Orange exercise

4/25/2014 12:00:00 AM

(Friday, April 25, 2014  - Orillia, ON) – Things will get a bit more interesting at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital (OSMH) on Wednesday, April 30, as OSMH conducts a mock external disaster, or Code Orange.


"Exercises that test our response as an organization are a critical component of what we do here at the hospital," explains Elisabeth Riley, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The goal of the mock exercise is to ensure that OSMH can provide a safe and effective response to the situation. It serves as a learning experience and ensures that all our processes and procedures are in place should a true emergency occur."


A Code Orange is an external community disaster or emergency situation that will have an impact on the capacity of hospital services. For OSMH it means that the hospital will need to be prepared for an influx of patients with varying conditions and severity of injury, while at the same time maintaining regular service levels. All of this will test the hospital's emergency response plan and help to identity any opportunities to improve the quality of OSMH's overall response.


Hospital staff, volunteers and community members will be participating in the mock exercise to act as "casualties" in the event.


"We would like to thank all of the local emergency personnel, health service providers and volunteers who are partnering with us to conduct this drill. We would also like to thank the patients and visitors in advance for their understanding as we go through this important exercise."


There will be no disruptions to regular patient care during the mock exercise which is expected to last throughout the morning.


About Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is located in Orillia, Ontario and serves the residents of North Simcoe Muskoka and beyond. OSMH is focused on ensuring a healthier future for our communities by providing high quality care closer to home. Medical, surgical and critical care, seniors healthcare services, adult mental health, and paediatric and perinatal care are among the Hospital's recognized areas of expertise. It also specializes in orthopaedic surgery and kidney care. For more information visit www.osmh.on.ca.




For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:


Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations

Tel: 705-327-9179

E-mail: tadyni@osmh.on.ca

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