Emergency drill at NUMC; soccer kids help

Submitted photo Pictured, left to right around gurney, Lafayette Ambulance personnel member Mark Dick, New Ulm Medical Center Emergency Department staff members Brittany Brindle, MD, and Kathy Finstad, RN, and Lafayette Ambulance personnel member Ken Liebl.

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC), in partnership with Allina Emergency Medical Services and the Lafayette Ambulance, conducted a large Code Orange drill on Sept. 12. The code scenario was meant to simulate an explosion at a local manufacturing plant with multiple injuries, some severe.

“We conduct these kinds of drills on a regular basis to ensure that we are ready in case a real event happens in our community. It gives us a chance to identify what is working well and any areas for improvement within our emergency management system,” said NUMC Director of Patient Care Jennifer Brehmer. “This particular drill reached across multiple departments and involved dozens of staff and physicians. It was extremely beneficial for everyone.”

Members of the New Ulm Junior Varsity soccer teams acted as victims during the drill.

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