Preparedness idiocy – uncoordinated test drill traumatizes hospital staff

I got this from the Facebook page of Ed Levine, a local 2nd Amendment advocate, and my reaction to it was the same as his. A local police department in Nevada decided to “test emergency procedures” by putting an off-duty police officer in the role of a terrorist and having him stage an attack on a hospital intensive care unit.

An off-duty cop pretending to be a terrorist stormed into a hospital intensive care unit brandishing a handgun, which he pointed at nurses while herding them down a corridor and into a room.

There, after harrowing moments, he explained that the whole caper was a training exercise.

The staff at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Siena Campus, where the incident took place Monday morning, found the exercise more traumatizing than instructive.

Hospital employees would have been justified in fearing for their lives.

Indeed they would. Here’s something I’d like to ask the imbeciles responsible for this fiasco: had there been a concealed handgun permittee on the scene and he had interpreted this situation as a real terrorist attack – something they went to great pains to make sure people did do, by the way – and had opened fire, killing the off-duty cop would you be attempting to prosecute the guy for defending himself and his family from the perceived threat? And would that prosecution, pressed or not, do much for the wife/kids/family of the dead cop?

There are ways to train for this kind of emergency that do not require putting uninformed civilians literally in the line of fire. The chances of a mistake being made are just too high. I spoke of an armed citizen counterattacking the cop. Please note that it needn’t require a concealed handgun. Had there been a member of, say, our military’s special forces in the ICU and he’d been able to find the equivalent of a baseball bat lying around… well, the off-duty cop would have been fortunate that he was already in a hospital. I’m betting he’d be staying in there longer than he thought, either in the ICU or in the morgue.

Any disaster drills being performed in the public space need to be rigidly controlled in scope and who’s included in the scenario. This stunt at the hospital did neither and it’s a classic example of how not to do these things.