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Lenox Hill Hospital, New York-Presbyterian Team Up for Disaster Drill

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Lenox Hill Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian teamed up Friday for a disaster drill in Manhattan.

Medical crews practiced the scenario of a "dirty" bomb detonating.

Emergency management teams prepared to decontaminate patients, treat them, or transfer them to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for further care.

It was also a test of the new patient tracking system called e-FINDS, which will keep tabs on where patients come from and where they're going.

"This is a culmination of many training places that we've given out here," said Scott Strauss, corporate director of security and emergency management for the North Shore LIJ Health System. "We have students, we have nurses, we have doctors that are all participating in this training program. This is where they're going to put it to the test."

"We really want to make sure that our staff knows how to handle a situation like that, because one of the most important things for us, to make sure our staff is safe," said Anthony Egan, manager of training for the North Shore LIJ Health System. "So you'll be seeing a lot our staff in what they call PPE, personal protective equipment, just where they can protect themselves in a time like this, so this way, they can give the best possible care to our patients."

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