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Centinela Hospital Tests Hospital Readiness with Active Shooter Drill

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Violence in health care settings is on the rise and while the overall number of incidents in hospitals is still fairly small, Centinela Hospital took a pro-active stance and held its first active shooter drill on Friday, October 16th. The hospital assembled a team of experts for this event that included members of the Inglewood Police Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department and McCormick Ambulance for a half day of training. Over 150 front line hospital staff members received classroom training, plus the opportunity to actively participate in emergency scenarios in an ER setting and office environment. Participants portrayed patients, physicians, nurses and administrative staff during the exercise held in a vacant space of the hospital.

Inglewood SWAT"The goal of the active shooter drill was to provide participants hospital-specific resources on preparing for an active shooter," says Mohammad Abdelnaser, Chief Nursing Officer at Centinela Hospital Medical Center. As part of the scenario, an Inglewood SWAT team entered the area in search of the gunman.

They were able to use the real life setting to hone their skills that they have trained for in the event of an actual event. Los Angeles County Firefighters from Inglewood and EMT's from McCormick Ambulance were on hand to observe the event.

Says Linda Bradley, CEO of Centinela Hospital, "This event was our first step in training the staff of the hospital to meet an active shooter in the hospital. We plan on making this an annual event and build upon today's drill with even more realistic scenarios."