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Full Scale Closed POD Training Needs Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to take part in a Closed Point of Dispensing (POD) full scale exercise on Thursday, Nov. 2. The exercise simulates an emergency situations during which Saint Louis University would coordinate with the St. Louis City Department of Health to provide life-saving medications to the public.

The exercise will take place in the Simon Recreation Center and involve volunteers under the direction of trained SLU staff to set up operate and take down the dispensing operation. The exercise is an opportunity for students in the medical and public health fields to gain hands-on experience and to develop knowledge of work in emergency situations. For others volunteering, it will be a chance to be part of a critical effort to help fellow students, faculty and staff.

Volunteers are needed to act as POD workers and patients. Various work responsibilities and shifts are available. Just-in-time training will be provided to all participants. For those interested in taking on the role of dispenser, a volunteer must have completed the Volunteer POD Dispensing Training Course.

Faculty and staff member who participate will receive 35 Vitality points.

Set-up beings at 8 a.m. and other volunteer positions begin at 9:15 a.m. Mock patients will need to report to the exercise at 10:15 a.m. The exercise will conclude at noon.

For more information or to register, visit the exercise. For questions, contact Deborah Artman, RN, MSN, MPH.