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Carilion ready in case of disaster
Hospital showcases emergency preparedness equipment
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Courtesy Photo: A Stabilization Treat in Place (STIP) tent is separated into three parts that include a registration and triage area, as well as a critical care unit (shown above).

Monday, July 7, 2014


If a disaster were to strike, Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital (CFMH) has made sure it is able to still treat its patients.

A Stabilization Treat in Place (STIP) tent, set up in the hospital parking lot recently, was available for viewing by hospital staff.

"Every year at CFMH, we do an inventory of the emergency preparedness equipment available to us in the event of an emergency," said hospital Administrator Bill Jacobsen. "This tent can be used as an emergency unit during disasters or if the hospital was to become overwhelmed due to a community disaster."

The STIP tent, which was funded by Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance (NSPA) in 2003, is available to all hospitals in the region who are partnered with NSPA.

CFMH's partnership with NSPA provides them with numerous emergency management supplies and equipment, Jacobsen said.

The tent is set up in three parts and has generated- power that provides lights and air conditioning.

Its entrance door leads into the registration and triage area. Behind that area is a critical care unit and an X-ray area that can also be converted into an isolation room that can be closed off in order to keep patients separated.

Due to the various ways the tent could be used, the number of patients it can accommodate at one time can fluctuate.

The critical care portion of the tent can accommodate three to four beds with the machines hooked up.

The X-ray portion could possibly accommodate three more beds.

The triage section, used for minor injuries, could easily handle up to five patients at once.

Jacobsen said the tent has only been deployed for an actual emergency one time since its purchase.

"It was deployed to Liberty University during the derecho," Jacobsen said. "Other than that, it has been used for viewing and teaching purposes at various events."

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