Howard Young Medical Center to host Mock Crash at Lakeland Union High School

Ministry Health Care, area law enforcement, Oneida County EMS and Lakeland Union High School (LUHS) have partnered to host a mock crash drill on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 1:15 p.m. near the north entrance of the high school. LUHS is located at 9573 State Highway 70 in Minocqua.

The staged event will involve the dangers of texting while driving, and drinking and driving. The scenario will test the preparedness of Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) and local responders should a real-life crisis occur.

Ryan Short, Flight Paramedic, Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation Services, is organizing the mock crash drill and says the event will benefit everyone involved. “It’s been nine years since the hospital and LUHS have held a mock crash drill,” he stated. “The scenario allows trained medical personnel from Ministry Health Care and Oneida County EMS to execute a collaborative response effort under adverse conditions.”

The crash will involve students in two vehicles. Lakeland Union High School is providing the student actors. Organizers caution that the event is an exercise and the community can expect to see emergency responders at LUHS looking and acting as if it were a true disaster. Normal hospital Emergency Department operations and patient care will not be affected by the drill in any way.

While the crash will be staged, the response will be real. The accident victims will be treated on scene as they would during a real crash. Plans for the rescue effort include utilizing the Jaws of Life, Ministry Spirit Ground Transportation and a Ministry Spirit Helicopter. Emergency department staff at Howard Young Medical Center will be tested to provide care for an unusually high amount of patients in a short period of time.

After the mock crash ends, the students will gather for an assembly where they’ll hear from the organizations involved in hosting the event.

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