November 13, 2003
Squads In Attendance:
Atlantic Health System Representatives
The meeting was called to order at 8:05 p.m. by President Sue Meyer.
Several squads (Millburn-Short Hills and Westfield) had complaints about the parking in the ambulance entrance area. At times it has been so bad that Millburn-Short Hills cannot pull their rig into the ambulance area. Pat stated that the police and security are keeping an eye on the parking in that area and will enforce the rules. Suggestions were made that a possible 'open house' be held prior to the opening of the next stage of the ER so that squads could walk thru. Pat said she will try but it would be hard because it is an active patient area and when they finally get the "OK" to open, they move right ahead. She will e-mail Sue Meyer with the next approximate opening date. We also discussed the original design of the ambulance area (6 rigs under the canopy; 6 outside the canopy.) Questions were asked about temporarily striping the parking area; Pat stated that permits couldn't be issued to stripe the temporary lines.
Howie Meyer questioned where the Decon area was going to be in the new ER as the old instructions were that squads were to take contaminated patients to the morgue. Pat stated that the Decon area will be there at the ER and will be locked. Last Tuesday's decon incident will be revised and critiqued by all agencies involved; Pat also said that Union County Haz Mat is the expert in the area of contamination/decontamination and they (the ER doctors) defer to Union County's decisions on how to handle contaminated personnel/patients. Overlook does have it's own decon team, it depends on the patients condition and the situation whether they activate or defer to Union County Haz Mat Team.
Next meeting is Wednesday, January 14th at 8:00 p.m. Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.
Sue Meyer, President
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