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Hudson Valley Hospital Center Conducts Radiation Exposure Drill

Hudson Valley Hospital Center and Entergy recently conducted a mock emergency drill on radiation exposure.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center and Entergy recently conducted a mock emergency drill on radiation exposure. Photo Credit: Nathan Bruttell

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Hudson Valley Hospital Center and Entergy recently conducted an exercise on treating radiation exposure.

The groups performed the emergency drill "to ensure the safety of Indian Point workers who might be exposed to radiation while on the job," according to a press release from HVHC. In the event of an actual accident, Entergy workers would likely be brought to HVHC since it is the closest hospital to Indian Point, representatives said in the release.

Hospital staff, including nurses, physicians, members of the radiology department, security and Entergy's Radiation Protection team participated in the drill with local EMS agencies, according to the release. In the mock scenario, an Indian Point employee was taken to HVHC’s Emergency Department after "being injured in an on-site accident and exposed to radiation," according to the release.

Tony Iraola, senior emergency planner at Indian Point, said "the worker was in the containment area of Unit III at Indian Point when he became dizzy, sweaty and nauseous and decided to lie down. In getting up, the worker tore his sleeve, exposing his left elbow to radiation, and scraped his left jaw," according to the release.

Iarola added that the training was "not only relevant to radiation exposure that might result at Indian Point, but in cases of a 'dirty bomb' terrorist attack that might involve the public being exposed to radiation," according to the release.

“Fortunately, with radiation – unlike chemical weapons- we know how to measure it and how to handle it,’’ he said in the release. “It is valuable training for all emergency staff.’’

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