I am worried that last week I participated in an unethical event. Here is the situation.
At our facility, we have a, usually yearly, mock disaster. At our facility it is known as a code delta. Usually it is a staged mass casualty situation such as an interstate pile-up or bus wreck. Actual participants from local high schools
etc. are the "actors."
Well, last week was that time, but instead of the usual mass casualty type situation, our DES and administration thought they would be "with the current times" and have a smallpox scare, which qualifies, naturally, as a disaster. Here is the problem.
We had kind of been expecting it to go down all day because our supervisor stayed really late and just acted strangely. Our ER was completely full, hallway beds too. A full arrest had just come in, a 55yo breast ca pt, we worked her for 45 minutes to no avail. The family was taking it really hard, especially the daughter. I had been in the resus. room with the family for 30 min. or longer trying to calm her and then stepped out to call organ donor people, which in our state is mandatory on all deaths, and get the death certificate going. The triage nurse had stepped off the unit for a moment when two people came to the triage window with dots painted on their faces and hands. Needless to say, I had the priviledge of triaging them. Our resus. room is also the resp. isolation room in our er. Our supervisor made us clear out a sick person from another room to the hallway, place the body and grieving family into it, and place the two actors in the resus. room. I was so angry about doing that that I had to leave the er and cry for 15 minutes before I could go back and face the family and my co-workers ( who also thought this sucked, however the family did not find out why their mother was moved to a smaller room on the other side of the er). Had this been a real situation or similar need for the room I totally would not have had a problem, as it was, I feel that what we did was cruel to the family and unethical. Am I wrong about this?