The days are numbered now as the region's newest hospital is nearly open for business.
KENNEWICK, WA - The days are numbered now as the region's newest hospital is nearly open for business. Part of the process in making sure all the staff members at Trios Health are prepared for the move.
"We call organizational wide drills such as a code red, code trauma, code blue so we can practice staff responding, finding the room, finding the location and finding the equipment," said Chief Nursing Officer, Diane Sanders.
One scenario is a trauma code for a 16-year-old girl who fell off of a motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet. The 'patient' is a volunteer.
"It's a tiny bit scary, I guess. Because they're all rapidly moving and it actually feels like you're hurt because they're giving you IV's," said Sydney Caufield.
"This one, they did very well. We're getting better because we learned where a lot of the issues were last week. The whole point of these drills is to find out where our processes are not quite where we want them to be," said Sanders.
"It takes away time looking for a piece of equipment or how do I take my blood specimen. It cuts down on all that so there's more time to care for the patients. In trauma, we have the golden hour. So that first hour is very important for these types of patients," said Clinical Systems Trauma Nurse Coordinator, Melanie Billingsley.
"Patient safety is number one. So when we move into this new hospital, it's beautiful, it's going to be great. But it's a brand new environment for our staff. They're not going to be used to working in it. So we have to prepare them as much as possible before the day that we move," said Sanders.
Clinical staff are periodically spending part of their work day at the new hospital and are participating in several drills during those shifts.
The new hospital is scheduled to open on July 15th.