Pandemic Drill At Washburn University; "A Success"

By: Brian Dorman Email
By: Brian Dorman Email

An anthrax scare is the pandemic drill held Thursday afternoon on the campus of Washburn University.

It was a real life look at what to do in a mass emergency where thousands would need immediate care.

Imagine a situation of panic, desperation and confusion, a drill of those that ingested anthrax through food was put to the test.

"I was really nervous at first because I didn't really know what to expect," WU nursing student, Ashley Rodman said.

A mock drill on what to do in an emergency pandemic situation; a learning experience for volunteers, vital for workers.

"It's really for the agencies to understand how to dispense medication in the event of an exposure to a pathogen," Dr. Cynthia Hornberger, School of nursing dean at WU said.

That pathogen was ingested anthrax infecting those who ate contaminated food. A fearful thought, a scary process.

"Well everyone was really nice and explained the process and they were very informative about anthrax and the signs and symptoms you would look for," Nursing student, Sara Bond said.

After a medical evaluation and filling out some personal information the next step is an education seminar where you find out exactly about the pandemic that's going on. After you're educated you then go on to a medical screening they will meet with you and find out if you have any medical problems, this is only the beginning.

"They looked through out medical history and then we got to get information about the medication," Bond said.

Dr. Hornberger says for a first drill she is happy with the turn out, "Of course there will be things we will change but that's the intention of the drill to learn what we can do to make this process more smooth."

Again this was just a test! If it was a real emergency situation you would be notified through media outlets on where to go for emergency care.

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