HV Hospital Center holds radiation emergency drill

The Hudson Valley Hospital Center held an emergency drill today to test the staff's capabilities to handle radiation poisoning in case of an accident at Indian Point nuclear power plant.The scenario of the drill is that a technician was working on a piece of irradiated equipment at the plant. The power tool she was using, which has also been exposed to radiation, shattered and a piece of metal cut her chin. The Hudson Valley Hospital Center built a special E.R. room, segregated from the rest of the hospital, to treat patients exposed to radiation, chemicals or biological agents while guarding against cross-contamination.Dr. Ron Nutivits, the chairman of emergency medicine, says the key is getting the staff acclimated with the idea of treating anyone that's been exposed to radiation.Both the Hudson Valley Hospital Center and Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow practice at least once a year for radiation exposure cases.

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