Code Cupid

On March 22, Muscogee County School District, Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Police Department, Columbus Fire and EMS along with numerous other departments participated in the multi-agency disaster drill.  The drill simulated a tornado hitting a local high school with students present.  Actual students were involved in the drill representing walking wounded, entrapped and uninjured students.  Simulated injured students were transported to Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown campus for evaluation and treatment.  Parents of these patients were also simulated and arrived at the hospital to be reunited with their children.  Code Cupid plan was enacted and hospital security, pediatric emergency department personnel, volunteers trained in Code Cupid from the school system and hospital command center were all involved in the simulated identification and reunification of patients.  Overall, 12 simulated patients reunited with family and 1 parent was notified that her child had been transported to Children’s Hospital of Atlanta via helicopter.  On a side note, the helicopter also simulated landing, loading the patient in the ED and then departing.  Overall, the drill was an outstanding success with several opportunities for improvement identified as well.

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