RMC Partners with O-C Tech, Local EMS and Trauma Partners for Mass Shooting Drill


Local EMS, RMC Emergency Department Nurses and Staff, and RMC Trauma Program Evaluators respond during a mock mass shooting drill with an influx of patients to the RMC Emergency Department.
The Regional Medical Center (RMC) recently participated in a mass casualty exercise drill to simulate treating an influx of patients. RMC partnered with Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College nursing students as mock victims and county EMS partners from Orangeburg, St. Matthews, and On Time Transport.

“On an annual basis we perform a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) to identify our threats and the risks associated with those threats,” said RMC Safety Officer and Emergency Management Coordinator Thelma Williams, BHS, CHSP, CHEP. “We always welcome opportunities to test disaster policies and procedures to identify any opportunities for improvement.”

The drill simulated a scenario in which more than a dozen students were shot outside of a college building. The mock victims were assigned injuries and a variety of conditions that EMS and RMC were to diagnose and treat. Local EMS was called to the scene to assess and transport the mock victims to the RMC Emergency Department. Upon arrival to the hospital, RMC surgeons, physicians, nurses and staff triaged and tested emergency procedures for a sudden influx of gunshot wound casualties in the emergency department.

“I thought the drill went very well,” said RMC Trauma Program Manager Era Zeigler, BSN. “We had excellent response and assessment times from EMS and effective communication within the emergency department and the RMC operating room.”

RMC staff was not aware of the drill ahead of time and had to react as if the drill were a real-world event. RMC staff receives ongoing training for a variety of scenarios to ensure responses and procedures are tested effectively.

The RMC healthcare system includes a 286-bed, acute-care hospital with Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification and a Level III Trauma Center designation, as well as 21 primary and specialty care practices. RMC is affiliated with MUSC Health, the largest academic teaching facility in South Carolina, to further enhance select healthcare services for patients in the region.

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