There is Preparation and Then There Is...

When conducting emergency preparedness drills at a workplace, there is a right way and a wrong way to practice.  The following from Las Vegas is a prime example of the latter:


In a world overflowing with dumb ideas, this one was extraordinarily stupid.


Let's send a cop undercover into a hospital's intensive care unit, waving a real gun, and see how the staff reacts. But let's not tell anyone it's an emergency preparedness drill.


That's exactly what officials at St. Rose Dominican Hospital-Siena Campus did on May 24....


On April 20, three ICU nurses and a respiratory therapist sued the hospital, off-duty cop Charles Yannis, Chief Operating Officer Teressa Conley and three members of the Emergency Management Committee, Bernard Jones, Kim Dokken and Matthew Berhold.


Jones, then the chief of security, was fired. Dokken, trauma and stroke program director, and Berhold, rehabilitation services director, were placed on administrative leave and booted off the Emergency Management Committee.


The lawsuit -- filed by nurses Keri Standish, Anne Hale and Barbara Ruggiero and respiratory therapist Marcus Day -- describes how each one feared he or she was going to die that day after an angry man entered the ICU and began waving a gun.


According to the lawsuit..., Yannis pointed his gun at Standish's face from a distance of 3 or 4 feet and ordered her into a break room.


Ultimately, he forced eight staff members, including Standish, Hale and Day and two physicians, into this break room. One weeping nurse asked whether she could call her children to say goodbye and was told no...

Perhaps hospital leaders now understand that an "unannounced drill" is best used with the organization's fire drill practice and definitely not in preparing for man with a fully auto AR-15 loose in the ICU emergencies.

16 comments:

chuckmullis said...

Unbelievable. To think that "professionals" sat around and came up with this idea and believed that it was a good idea.

Theresa Milstein said...

That's insane. Those poor people. I would've been a mess. The cop is lucky nobody tried to be a hero or it could've ended badly.

Herding Cats said...

FAIL!

CherylK said...

Oh. My. Goodness!! It's difficult to believe that anybody would pull this terrible stunt. Don't you just wonder how they even get up in the morning?? I hope those poor nurses are well compensated for their terror.

Suz said...

Stupid stupid stupid! Sheesh!

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

OMG! I would probably pee my pants and what about the poor patients in ICU, I hope they weren't scarred!

Regine said...

That is shocking! Did they not consider the psychological trauma this would cause?! Unbelievable...

Maxi said...

This falls under the "What were they thinking?" category.

Needless to say, those officials were not thinking and should be demoted.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Sounds like a bit of a "major fail" there...

The only thing worse than vreating a plan destined to fail is the IMPLEMENTATION OF that plan.

A real "OOPS" moment.

Stay safe

Momma Fargo said...

Nice!

Stephanie Faris said...

Yeah, bad idea. That could have caused someone to have a heart attack. However...why do we, as a country, head to a lawyer every single time something happens that upsets us?

Jennifer Hillier said...

Absolutely ridiculous. Way to scare the crap out of everybody. Epic fail.

Lydia K said...

OMG. There are so many reasons why that wouldn't be a good way to learn how to deal with a situation.

Holly said...

Wow! Just possibly a little over the top. That is super scary.

secret agent woman said...

Jeez. This is the stuff PTSD is made of.

BobKat said...

Totally insane and irresponsible!!! Especially considering what ICU nurses and doctors must deal with in practice. I assume there were NO patients in the ICU that day???

Unbelievable.