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School ‘explosion’ makes for good practice

Hospital training exercise features scenario

Dr. Robert Werblin, right, confers with a nurse on a confused and dazed "patient," Hannah Palsgraf, being admitted to the emergency room during Tuesday's drill.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Dr. Robert Werblin, right, confers with a nurse on a confused and dazed "patient," Hannah Palsgraf, being admitted to the emergency room during Tuesday's drill.
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Birds were chirping as the sun poked through clouds while a few patients meandered through Nathan Littauer Hospital on Tuesday. It was a typical, not-too-busy morning at a hospital that saw roughly 24,000 emergency room patients last year. But that would all change with a phone call aimed at giving hospital staff some practice for what they’d do if a calm morning was shattered by an explosion at a local middle school. Though it took ...


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