Bridgeport Hospital personnel go to Long Island for disaster drill

Bridgeport Hospital's medical director along with two nurses and a physician's assistant, joined emergency responders from New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts in a unique disaster drill. The medical personnel gathered at Long Island's Republic Airport to study ways to transport patients in the event of a major disaster.

The main goal of the drill was to identify ways to transfer the injured without using ambulances or other ground vehicles. Bridgeport Hospital is strategically located in a place where patients could be brought even if major roads were closed. If there was a regional disaster that shut down I-95 or other large thruways, Bridgeport Hospital is still accessible by Metro-North, by ferry or even by planes flying into Sikorsky Airport.

Other than getting transportation organized, the drill also focused on creating a comprehensive database of regional medical workers. The database will be designed to show the specialty of all physicians that may be called to a disaster scene.

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