We Are Prepared
In the event of a mass casualty or a biological, chemical or nuclear disaster, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Plymouth is prepared to respond.
The hospital has had mass casualty and nuclear plans in place for several years. After the events of September 11, 2001, the hospital’s bio-defense team, made up of representatives from across the health system, updated these plans to include comprehensive information about potential biological and chemical exposures. In addition, a sheltering plan is in place including if necessary, the systematic shutdown of the air system to prevent contaminants from entering the hospital. Many hospital employees have attended bio-terrorism training programs, and the hospital has purchased protective suits and masks, which would be used only by designated personnel in the event of a disaster.
To ensure a coordinated effort, the hospital works closely with other hospitals in our region, the Department of Public Health and many community organizations including local police and fire departments. The hospital holds regular drills with Entergy, local towns and in 2002, participated in a drill with Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod. A mobile decontamination unit is kept at the Plymouth Fire Department and can be transported to the hospital in the event that we need it.
For employees of the hospital, responsibilities are clearly defined. Each department has an emergency response instruction book that explains what employees need to do in the event of a disaster. As a resource for employees, detailed information on chemical and biological agents is provided electronically and educational programs are offered periodically to keep employees informed.
The hospital has been recognized by the state for its leadership in developing a comprehensive plan. Members of the biodefense team have been asked to speak on BID Plymouth’s plans for responding to a biological, chemical or nuclear disaster.