The Mercy emergency department, along with first responders, will conduct a mass casualty drill Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

The drill will allow participants to practice triage and treatment of mass casualty victims using nontraditional treatment spaces for acute care following a “catastrophic storm” at the Washington fairgrounds.

Hospital officials said the drill will help participants be better able to:

Assess the ability of Mercy Hospital Washington to absorb no less than 50 patients from a mass casualty incident within one hour of notification of the incident;

Examine the ability of Mercy to expand patient care into nontraditional patient care spaces within one hour of notification of the incident; and

Evaluate the ability of Mercy to triage and prioritize the treatment of no less than 50 patients from a mass casualty incident.

This activity is being planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA) through the joint providership of Mercy Hospital St. Louis and Mercy Hospital Washington.

Mercy Hospital St. Louis is accredited by MSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Mercy Hospital St. Louis designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category I Credits.

Agencies that will participate in the drill include the Washington police department, fire department and ambulance; Washington and Franklin County EMA; Mercy hospital and clinic staff; and Four Rivers health occupation students.

The drill will start at the city auditorium at 8 a.m. and conclude at Mercy Hospital Washington around 10:30 am.