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Surprise Causality Drill at KGH

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Benton County Emergency Management wants to know how well area responders can react to massive causalities. Friday they sprung a surprise accident at Kennewick General Hospital.

Friday's exercise was very similar to fire drills you may remember doing in grade school. Teachers wanted to see if you were ready to handle a real emergency.

Volunteers played the part of injured victims from fake car crashes. Paramedics performed triage. Then ambulances sped them to Kennewick General Hospital.  KGH immediately went into lock down, and started treating victims as they continued to pour into the ER.

An Emergency Services spokesman said it's important for our hospitals to have massive accident plans in place.

"The ability of those plans to function properly is really dependant on not only writing the plan, but also practicing the plan, just like any other emergency plan," said Steve Sautter, Benton Co. Emergency Services.   

Sautter says the exercise went smoothly.   Hospital staff did find a few things they plan to work on.  They will have a more formal critique on Monday.  

Sautter said Emergency Services anticipates performing other surprise emergencies like this, two or three times a year.