18 Dec '11, 11pm

Singapore: Emergency drills for better care of dementia patients

SINGAPORE - Apex Harmony Lodge staff who underwent emergency preparedness training between September and October had a chance yesterday to put their skills to use and get a feel of emergency situations. Staff and patients, along with volunteers from the neighbouring Al Istighfar Mosque, took part in an emergency exercise organised by the Pasir Ris East Community Emergency and Engagement Committee (C2E). Fifteen lodge staff, two patients and 15 mosque volunteers and constituency members participated. The lodge - which houses 210 dementia patients, 80 per cent of whom are immobile - has put in place procedures and conducted training on handling emergencies. Besides regular fire drills, staff nurse R N Rogena said all employees have been taught to use heavyweight blankets to evacuate immobile patients to the ground floor of an unaffected building. Other patients will be guide...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC111219-0000013/Em...

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