SBGHC and Bruce Power partner in joint training initiative for radioactive contaminated casualties

On October 29, South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) and Bruce Power carried out a joint training exercise at SBGHC’s Kincardine site for the treatment of radioactively contaminated casualties.

SBGHC and Bruce Power have been working collaboratively on a contaminated casualty program since 2011, developing procedures and training staff from both organizations on the treatment of radioactively contaminated casualties.

The Emergency Room at SBGHC’s Kincardine site is equipped with a contaminated casualty treatment room for use during situations of this nature to decontaminate casualties while providing the necessary medical treatment.  In 2015, Bruce Power donated $75,000 to SBGHC to purchase new equipment for the contaminated casualty treatment room and make improvements to the space.

As part of the training exercise, Bruce Power provided an overview on radiation and potential situations where exposure can occur, followed by a mock drill carried out by SBGHC staff and members of Bruce Power’s Emergency Response Team.

“These drills and training opportunities continue to be an excellent learning opportunity to ensure the safety of both our community, and the staff who care for the community at SBGHC and Bruce Power,” explains Michael Barrett, SBGHC President and CEO.

“When it comes to emergency preparedness, we’re continually looking to improve and we are pleased to be able to work alongside the dedicated staff at South Bruce Grey Health Centre with that shared goal,” said Jennifer Edey, Vice-President, Site Services. “Exercises like this one help ensure our site, our people and our communities are safe and secure.”