Children’s Hospital drill simulates food-borne illness outbreak
Dozens of Madera County students came down with a serious food-borne illness Thursday morning, but fortunately, Children’s Hospital Central California staff were at the ready to treat the young patients and send them on their way.
And, even more fortunately, it was all a drill and none of the kids were in any danger.
For about two hours, 65 students ages 11 to 18 from Golden Valley Unified School District in the Madera Ranchos crowded into the hospital’s emergency room and simulated symptoms of a massive bacterial outbreak as part of state-mandated emergency training.
“The purpose of the drill is to be prepared for any disaster that may occur in our community,” said Julia Fischer, a charge nurse at Children’s Hospital who acted as a supervisor during the event. “It’s for all levels of staff to practice, be on the same team and be aware of what should take place if there actually is a disaster of some kind.” ...