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The first-ever "radiation drill" in an Israeli hospital will be held on Tuesday at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. The drill, to begin at 10:30 a.m., is being organized in cooperation with the Home Front Command, the Health Ministry and Magen David Adom.
The drill is based on the fictional scenario that terrorists use radioactive materials to create a "dirty bomb" that comes as a surprise to the hospital authorities, who have to cope with radioactive particles without preparation. "Victims" of radiation will be at least partially stripped and cleansed.
The Haifa hospital's emergency department will participate in the drill between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., thus non-emergency visits to the department should be postponed to another time or patients should go to other hospital emergency rooms. Rambam's outpatient clinics and diagnostic institutes will function normally.
The hospital said a group of soldiers would play the role of journalists covering the radioactive "event." Genuine journalists will be kept farther away, but will still be allowed to cover the drill.