Mock drill helps prepare campus for medical disaster

Youngstown State University’s Nursing department faculty and students participate in a mock disaster drill 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 24 in Cushwa Hall to help prepare the campus in the event of a medical emergency in the area.

“This mock will be a learning experience for the students and the process and evaluation used in the planning of future disaster preparation for YSU,” said Molly Roche, clinical instructor in YSU’s Nursing department.

The drill is being held in partnership with the Mahoning County Health Department to establish YSU as a closed unit for public health assistance in case of a disaster.

A closed unit means that the needed medication will be provided to YSU employees and their families instead of waiting in line at the open units run by the county. The YSU Nursing department, in collaboration with the nurses and doctor at the YSU Health Clinic, would run the YSU site, where employees could pick up their medication for themselves and any extended family members.

The April 24 drill will focus on distribution of antibiotics in response to a mock anthrax contamination. The drill will include 93 Junior-level nursing students and four YSU Nursing faculty members, along with two nurses and the physician from the YSU Health Clinic and nurses and disaster personnel from the county.