SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- In the wake of Hurricane Sandy many San Antonio hospitals coordinated a mock disaster drill Wednesday.
Massive "casualties" started flowing into hospital emergency rooms. University Hospital was 1 of 37 area hospitals that tested their ability to take in mass casualties in the mock disaster.
The scenario was a terrorist attack on one local hospital with anthrax. All their patients had to be taken in by other hospitals and decontaminated.
"What we're doing is evaluating our ability to coordinate together to handle a large number of patients,” explained Leni Kirkman of University Hospital.
Nursing students played the role of casualties to make the disaster seem real. A command center full of doctors and administrators coordinated with other hospitals and emergency crews.
One student said, "No I am not alive. No, I am alive...I am having a heart attack.”
"We're looking for quality, make sure everybody knows their role. Make sure they're following the process, right procedures, patient safety," he said.