Where Were K.H.M.H. Docs, Nurses?
And so while the emergency responders gave themselves good grades, what happened to the Karl Heusner Hospital itself? The hospital does have a mass casualty plan for situations like these, but there was no evidence on the ground of their involvement despite being close to the simulated accident scene. It was a question to ponder for CEMO Councilor Philip Willoughby.
Philip Willoughby, Councilor, CEMO
“Strategically, B.E.R.T. staged this accident to be [happening] here. I would have expected that at least the medical officers or nurses from the K.H.M.H. should have at least – even if it was an exercise, and this is where we are saying: once an accident occurs or a mass, tragic accident, all of us ought to come together. They didn’t know it was a simulation – and just to make your audience know, your listeners, I didn’t know about this simulation. And the same way I came on the scene just like the Fire Department – and I am certain the higher-ups didn’t know, because it was planned that way for one reason or the other, to measure our response and to see our actions as they were implemented on the ground. So I feel as if though – granted, it happened here, and if you are a medical officer and you are driving – if an accident happened on the highway and you are a medical officer or nurse, you need to get out and use your god-given knowledge and talent to help save a life. I’m just saying; I noh di knock nobody, I don’t want anybody to take it offensive, but in this case…”
“Maybe they were busy?”
“We’re all busy.”
“I mean the hospital is right around [the corner]…”
“But the institution can’t sacrifice two nurses to at least come out here and render aid till the ambulances came?”
When we checked with him this afternoon, K.H.M.H.’s press officer was unable to confirm whether the hospital knew of the incident beforehand, but as Willoughby noted, it is typical that in simulations there is no advance notice given, to test real-time response.