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Hospitals must be prepared for tragedies


MADISON (WKOW) -- Tragedies like the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado are rare, but hospitals have to be prepared for them.

UW Hospital in Madison has the largest level one trauma center in the area. It has an incident command center that runs all communication between departments.

From there, the hospital can track bed availability, blood supply and much more.

"We have to make sure that all our staff knows where to be, know how to respond, know what part of the hospital to be in, know how many are coming into the emergency department, performing triage, getting them sent to the right sections... just making sure that everything is moving like clock work," says VP of facilities and support at UW Hospital, Ralph Turner.

Turner says staff periodically run drills that are required by the state, working with emergency service departments in the area.

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