POSTED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 6:04am
THIBODAUX, LA —
Nicholls State University is holding a disaster-training simulation, slated for 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, in Shaver Gymnasium.
The state of Louisiana has designated Nicholls a point-of-dispensing (POD) station in the event of a public health emergency, meaning the campus would serve as the medication-distribution site for all Nicholls students, faculty and staff.
“We’ve held similar training exercises in years past, and they’ve been quite productive,” Dr. Diane Garvey, director of university health services, said. “This year, to prepare for a potential biological or chemical event, the university will host an anthrax outbreak simulation.”
Participating agencies, including Nicholls, the Office of Public Health and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, will be evaluated on their speed, efficiency and ability to administer care to large numbers of patients.
“The objective of this exercise is to provide state, local and university officials with as real an experience as possible in order to help identify any potential problems or challenges,” Garvey said.
Students enrolled in the College of Nursing and Allied Health’s Community Health Nursing course will participate in the simulation.