OSF St. Joseph Medical Center conducted a pandemic drill on September 28 and September 29. The drill tested our ability to funnel staff members, screen, and inoculate (or provide prophylaxis to) employees during a real pandemic.
During the drill, all OSF St. Joseph employees, students, and volunteers were required to enter through the Business and Conference Center on the OSF St. Joseph campus. Upon entering, all employees received a flu shot to simulate what would really happen during an actual pandemic.
As of the end of the drill, over 800 employees, students, and volunteers have been vaccinated.
“Vigilance in our preparedness is very important whether we are concerned about the flu or with the recent past Ebola concerns, says Monica McDonald, RN, BSN, CIC, Infection Preventionist at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. “Vaccination of staff will simulate prophylaxis for employees as if there were a real pandemic. If our staff is prepared by periodically testing our ability to handle unexpected communicable disease surges, then we will be even more prepared to care for the patients that come to our facility.”