CGMH to participate in Regional Mock Code Orange

On Friday, September 21, 2018 the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, along with County of Simcoe EMS, will be involved in a Regional Code Orange mock exercise.

The drill will start in Clearview Township, with mock patients arriving by ambulance at the hospital Friday morning. Mock patients will move through the CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) tent, which will be set up in the physician parking lot, on the east side of the building. No part of the mock exercise will take place in the hospital.

"This exercise is an excellent opportunity for the organization to test its response time for a mass casualty event and
work with community partners to provide a safe and effective response to the situation. It's an excellent learning opportunity for all involved, should an emergency of this magnitude ever unfold," says Norah Holder, CGMH President and CEO.

A Code Orange is an external community disaster or emergency situation that will have an impact on the capacity of hospital services. For CGMH it means that the hospital will need to be prepared for an influx of patients with varying conditions and severity of injury, while at the same time maintaining regular service levels. All of this will test the hospital's emergency response plan and help to identity any opportunities to improve the quality of CGMH's overall response.

There will be no disruption to patient care or operations at CGMH during this timeframe.