Medical Center Hospital Prepares for Bio-Attack

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Nurses and doctors in Odessa geared up for extra patients at Medical Center Hospital on Friday, but they didn't actually have to treat anyone.

The staff was tested on how they would handle a bio-terrorism attack.

It involved patients who had been contaminated with different foods.

Officials watched their progress from a command center.

"It's important for us to be ready to protect the citizens of Odessa or to take care of them in these kinds of situations. The better prepared we are, the smoother it will hopefully go in an emergency situation. We want to save lives, not lose them, so the more prepared we are the better we are able to take care of the patients," Sharon Lloyd, Director of Emergency Prep and Safety, said.

The drills are designed to be as realistic as possible.

Scenarios like the one on Friday are practiced at least once a year.