Hospitals must be ready in case of an emergency.

But how can hospital staff be ready for scenarios, such as chemical spills, they’ve never experienced?

Training.

Programs such as a hazmat (hazardous materials) exercise held at Ripon Medical Center late this summer prepare staff for situations providers hope never occur.

“Once a year we do hazmat training,” said Tammy Moffat-Keenlance, director of inpatient and emergency services at RMC, noting it’s important to train so everyone is knows “there is a process in place” to ensure both patient and care-givers are safe.

Such training takes on even greater importance, though, when staff now are in a new facility, where all the appropriate equipment is in new places.

But, as Keenlance pointed out, “The new facility only makes it easier ... It’s more efficient.”

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