On Sunday February 4, Headwaters Health Care Centre was the site of an armed intruder/active shooter emergency preparedness exercise. Held in partnership with Orangeville Police Service, County of Dufferin Corporate Services, and Dufferin County Paramedic Services, the mock emergency event was held with the aim of evaluating the organizations’ processes and procedures for managing a Code Silver. Staff from the participating organizations volunteered to take part in the exercise to create a ‘real-life simulation’ of an active shooter scenario. During the event, participants collaborated with law enforcement and risk analysis experts to facilitate the creation of a plan for survival and post-event recovery in the event of a Code Silver at Headwaters. “This mock emergency exercise was an incredible opportunity to test our plan and ensure that we are prepared to respond to an ‘active shooter’ event using ‘hospital-specific resources,” said Sandy Critchley, Director of Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management at Headwaters, and Chair of the hospital’s Emergency Preparedness Committee. “We learned a lot from the mock scenario, and are pleased with the collaboration of our partners in successfully executing a robust Code Silver response plan.” The scene also enabled Headwaters to examine and evaluate the management of a Code Silver event at Headwaters, assess performance and interagency coordination, and evaluate and address identified procedural gaps. “As a community-focused organization, the Orangeville Police Service continues to work with various community organizations to better serve the needs of our citizens,” said, Constable Scott Davis, the Service’s Public and Media Relations Officer. “This successful training event demonstrates the strengths of our partnerships, both with our residents and community partners”. While rare, violence in health care settings is on the rise. In response to this, Headwaters’ Emergency Preparedness team prepares for various emergency situations with regular mock drills to test policies and procedures. In May 2015, Headwaters’ Emergency Preparedness Committee was awarded the Paul Chantree Memorial Award; an award given to community heroes who have made outstanding contributions to the emergency preparedness or resiliency of Dufferin County.
Photo Credit: Headwaters Health Care Centre