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05/27/2010

Medical tent city

@jessehirsh on Twitter says he overheard this today:

OH: tents to be setup at Toronto Western Hospital to tend to wounded protestors #g20

According to Gillian Howard, spokesperson for the University Health Network (which includes Toronto Western, Toronto General and Princess Margaret hospitals), Toronto General did in fact set up a large decontamination tent yesterday. Like many other hospitals, Toronto General has been running drills in preparation of potential mass injuries during the G20 summit.

Howard says the tents are used to process mass contamination patients -- a scenario all hospitals are always prepared for, G20 or no G20.

Staff practiced setting up the large tent very quickly on the hospital driveway and performed a run-through of procedures. Howard says the tents will be equipped with sprayers, probably filled with water.

According to Howard, tear gas patients need to be decontaminated prior to entering a hospital for two reasons:

"Certainly, if you are contaminated with tear gas, the removal of that will mean that the effect of the tear gas will dissipate faster," she says. "Also yes, it's possible that the fumes of the material itself can pass from person to person."


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