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Baystate Holds Drill to Test Drive New E.R.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The Hospital of the Future prepares for the disasters of today.

Baystate Medical Center’s brand new, state-of-the-art, $45 million emergency room opens in just a few days and Thursday, ABC40 got a sneak peak.

It’s a place we hope to avoid visiting, but starting Monday, from top to bottom, Baystate Medical Center will be able to handle almost all emergencies.

The victims of a nasty car crash, trauma teams work to save a pregnant woman and her baby Thursday.

“I think they did a pretty good job. Patient came in quickly, they assessed rapidly, and they got them out for CAT scan quickly,” says Baystate trauma surgeon Dr. Reginald Alouidor.

The only thing is that none of it was real.

Baystate held a drill to make sure ER staffers are prepared when the doors open next week.

Baystate’s new emergency & trauma center is 53,000 square feet bigger than their old one. It features 10 ambulance bays, and almost 100 rooms spread across 5 different pods.

Alouidor says cramped hallways and tight quarters are a thing of the past. “We have rooms in the back, where it’s a much more comfortable enviroment, not in a room where there is heat, chaos, and blood. We will sit down and talk with them, tell them what’s going on,” he says.

Family members will then see loved ones when the emergency is more stabilized.

Baystate’s current ER treated 13 patients in last Friday’s Springfield explosion

“This time around, what we will do definitely is that we will empty out more rooms in the ER. We got lucky there were 13, but in different circumstances there could be 30.”

The most critical pateints will be flown here by helicopter on top of patient and sent right downstairs into a trauma room via elevator

Once there, state-of-the-art cameras and monitoring devices will help doctors try to save lives, no matter what symptoms patients have

“When we built it, we wanted to think of it through the patients eyes, as to say, okay, what do they need? To make sure that they are medically taken care of and that their comfort and medical confidientialy is met, and then we looked at it through staff’s eyes,” says Baystate’s director of emergency services Ann Maynard.

Because of all that new space, Baystate has actually added jobs in the ER to try and get people through here quicker.

The first patient will roll through here for whatever reason Monday morning just after 7:00 a.m.

Baystate is still considering options on what they will use the old emergency room space for.


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