Hospital emergency drill a success

Thank you to everyone who participated in St. Anthony’s emergency drill Tuesday, April 26.

The purpose of the drill was to ensure St. Anthony’s is prepared to respond to a disaster.The scenario faced in the drill was terror attacks at multiple locations over several hours.Our emergency department received more than 40 drill patients for this event, requiring assistance from various departments across St. Anthony’s.

In an event like this, the campus would be placed on lockdown with security blocking traffic at both entrances to campus, allowing only patients access to the hospital with the emergency entrance as the only open entry. Managers would be asked to send available employees to a labor pool.

Labor pool employees already on campus would be sent to the Cardiac Cath waiting room on the main floor, while employees arriving from off campus would report to the Medical Plaza parking lot. Email updates would include details of the actual event, St. Anthony’s response, and what would be needed from employees.

Last week’s drill showed some improvements in our response, and as happened with any drill, we identified a few places where we can improve. Again, thanks to everyone who participated in the drill and continued to care for our actual patients.


St. Anthony's Gets with the Guidelines

Congratulations to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for earning a 2016 Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure bronze achievement award from the American Heart Association. Get With The Guidelines®- Heart Failure is the American Heart Association’s collaborative quality improvement program, demonstrated to improve adherence to evidence-based care of patients hospitalized with heart failure. The award recognizes St. Anthony’s for applying up-to-date, evidenced-based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes.


Nurses to give back to the community for Nurses’ Week

This year, St. Anthony’s will celebrate Nurses’ Week May 9 through the 13.

During that week, St. Anthony’s has chosen to collect and donate household items to Lydia’s House. Lydia’s House works to end domestic violence by being a place of healing and a voice of hope for abused women and their children. Lydia’s House is the only transitional housing program in eastern Missouri that is specifically for battered and abused women and their children. They provide confidentially-located, fully furnished apartments where families can find refuge and support for up to two years.

Please consider donating to Lydia’s House. Items in greatest need are kitchen mops and buckets (rag style only), brooms, dust pans, laundry detergent, Pine-sol, paper towels, and size
4 and 5 diapers. A complete wish list is posted under This Week Extras on the home page of SAMCare. Boxes will be located in Nursing Administration on the third floor of the hospital as well
as nursing departments May 9 through 13. For more information on Lydia’s House, visit the website at: www.lydiashouse.org.
For more information about the drive, contact Beth Riemer at 464-2555.