The Meadows Wickenburg Participates in Disaster Drill to Test Emergency Preparedness

The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center in Wickenburg, Ariz., participated on October 25 in a multi-agency disaster drill with other healthcare agencies and organizations from the Town of Wickenburg. The purpose focused on testing emergency preparedness in order to provide for better patient safety for its residents.

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"It shows the high level of staff and training for our staff that they were able to perform well in a live action drill,” said Allan Benham, RN, DON, Support Services Director and Safety Officer for The Meadows.

Wickenburg, AZ (PRWEB) November 13, 2012

The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center in Wickenburg, Ariz., participated on October 25 in a multi-agency disaster drill with other healthcare agencies and organizations from the Town of Wickenburg. The purpose focused on testing emergency preparedness in order to provide for better patient safety for its residents.

In a joint exercise, The Meadows, Remuda Ranch, Town of Wickenburg Fire and Police Departments, My Fathers Retirement Ranch, Lifeline Ambulance, Wickenburg High School, and the Emergency Services branch of the Yavapi County Amateur HAM Radio operators club tested the ability of all of the agencies to work together as an effective unit in an emergency.

In a mock drill scenario designed by the Town of Wickenburg Fire Department, a fictitious wild fire threatened The Meadows campus and required 20 pretend patients to be evacuated to a safe location. Students from Wickenburg High School participated as mock patients with The Meadows and were evacuated to various locations. Six of these mock patients pretended to have injuries, with The Meadows staff testing its ability to transport and track patients who are evacuated.

“We are very happy with the way our staff performed in this drill. We had leaders stepping up from some surprising positions, positions that aren’t generally thought of as leadership roles. It shows the high level of staff and training for our staff that they were able to perform well in a live action drill,” said Allan Benham, RN, DON, Support Services Director and Safety Officer for The Meadows. “We were able to identify some areas where we need to improve and have already put plans in place to improve those systems.”

The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about The Meadows’ work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit http://www.themeadows.com.

For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in one of their three inpatient centers and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.


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