Decontamination Training Exercise for St. Luke's Nursing Assistants

Updated: 07/17/2014 10:09 PM
Created: 07/17/2014 5:06 PM
By: Julie Kruse
Twitter: JulieMKruse

Several nursing assistants from St. Luke's Hospital got some hands-on experience on Thursday to learn how to respond to mass casualty situations.

The exercise is designed to prepare nursing assistants for any kind of a chemical, biological or radiation type of disaster event where injured people need treatment. They practiced gearing up in two sets of gloves, heavy duty boots, a decontamination suit and a protective hood among other things. The Duluth Fire Department and 148th Fighter Wing also helped out.

"We couldn't do this without each other," said Michael Maturano, Safety Officer for St. Luke's Hospital. "Everybody is a link in this and you're only strong as your weakest link, so the more that we understand and can support each other, the faster we can do it, the better we can do it and it just makes it safer for the public."

Maturano said they do this training once a year to keep their skills sharp.

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