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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Hospital conducts casualty drill to test itself and learn


Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Aria Danowski, 9, receives head-wound makeup at the Public Safety Building from Christina Mason, a nurse facilitator with Tegria, the company that conducted the June 7 mass casualty exercise with the Wrangell Medical Center. Parcae Soule, left, with SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Sitka, helps with the makeup work.

A mass casualty exercise June 7 was the first one held at the Wrangell Medical Center in its 16-month-old facility.

The drill, which simulated a plane crash, was used to see where improvements could be made in the emergency operations plan. It involved about 70 staff members from the hospital, EMTs and volunteer firefighters.

Eleven community volunteers of various ages were made up to resemble victims with head wounds, lacerations and other traumas requiring stabilization, medevac or blood transfusions and the like.

"Anytime we run a drill like that, the goal is to stress our systems, seein...

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