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1 Volunteers in Surge Functional Exercise Funded through a grant from NACCHO for Public Health Advanced Practice Centers

2 Schedule:

3 ESF8 WebConference Agenda: ESF8 Situation Status Health Department Surveillance Reports Incident Command Update Health Facility Reports – Hospital – Emergency Medical Supplies Warehouse DPHE/County Coordination issues

4 Injects/Homework Will be basis of reporting to ESF8 WebConference Requests by other agencies (i.e. MRC, DPHE, HC Facilities, County EOC) Items necessary for future coordination Requests from Incident Command

5 Rules of conduct Real emergency actions take priority over exercise actions. “THIS IS AN EXERCISE” “REAL WORLD EMERGENCY” “TIMEOUT” Identify YOURSELF and the person/agency you wish to SPEAK TO. Follow ESTABLISHED policies and procedures WHENEVER PRACTICAL.

6 Objectives Volunteer activation, training and management plans Rapid staffing analysis, situation assessment, and ESF8 coordination Surge staff planning using ICS/NIMS

7 Target Capabilities Medical Surge is defined as rapid expansion of the capacity of the existing healthcare system in response to an incident/event that results in increased need of personnel, support functions, physical space and logistical support. Volunteer Management and Donations is defined as the capability to effectively coordinate the use of volunteers and donations in support of domestic incident management.

8 Target Capability Assumptions: Offers of assistance may not come from other cities, counties, organizations, jurisdictions. Allocation of resources – community, field, hospital. Patient Tracking/Family Reconciliation Altered Standards of Care Shortages: Staff, resources, space, equipment. Healthcare Practioner’s working in compromised conditions Public Anxiety/Risk Communication Emergency Services are overwhelmed

9 Resources: Emergency Operations Resource Manual (from the EOP Workshop.) – Associated Appendices as requested/provided or revised Functional EXPLAN – Maps, contacts, support as requested Virtual Healthcare Coordination Center (HCC) – ESF8 Partners, resources, data/info – First step in county-level requests – Data/Information portal for ESF8 – Contacts: ; FAX to HCC at Attn: “Exercise-HCC”


11 Looking Back… During the peak illness period in October H1N1 there were only 52 hospitalizations in County (tests for H1N1 were done only for hospitalizations.)


13 Novel Influenza Situation Update: Novel Influenza virus- originated in Mexico City with later outbreaks in major metropolitan areas. Attack rate is approx. 40%. Thought to be a possible H1 variant, mortality is near 15% in seasonal risk groups. However, secondary infection (i.e. pneumonia) has been high among healthy adults.

14 Coordinated Hospital Response: Increased PPE usage and HCP ILI policy similar to during H1N1. Visitor Restrictions Daily Hosptial Status Report data to ESF8 Liaison. – Inpatient/ED census (including ILI) – Staff absenteeism monitoring (ILI/non-ILI) – Medical Supply Monitoring/Antiviral counts HCP ILI illness staffing policy in non-essential services… with “flexible leave”.

15 Community Messages: “Call First” “ED is for Emergency!” Hand Hygiene “Shoo the Flu” “Stay Home if you are sick.”

16 To make matters worse: 0900: A train with an unknown liquid became separated and derailed during a routine railcar connection. More than 50 students/staff are exposed to a “plume” while arriving for school. Numerous resources were dispatched through 911 and the ED at was alerted. School staff is told to shelter-in-place for an “indefinite period of time”. It is projected that the operations will continue for at least the next 15 hours (until midnight.) 1a

17 Situation (cont.): is the Emergency Operations Center for the response due to the proximity to the incident, to medical care, and food service for responders and volunteers. Volunteer and EMS support will be crucial to maintaining support operations throughout the evening and the next day for all medical facilities within the surrounding and area. ED began seeing arrivals by POV at 0935. / Police are joint Incident Command on scene. Right now they are trying to contain patients exposed to ensure tracking system is established. 1b

18 Plume Wind Direction High School Location of Tanker with unknown liquid Time: 0935

19 Incident Command Post: is identified as the Incident Commander on scene. Incident Command Post is located downwind from the railcar. ICP 2c

20 Current Staff Shortages (HCC) FacilityMed Staff ILIMed Staff Type Non-Med Staff ILI Non-Med Staff Type 16RT, RN-CC, ED- various, Pharm, Lab Tech 12Admiss, Envirn Ser, Purchas, [ ] 8RN, CNA, PA12 (3 Vol)Admin, Fin, Mtls, Housekeep 2, 4RN, CNA2, 1Housekeeping, Front desk 12**14** As of 0900 4/15/10 per Hospital Status Report

21 “Homework” #1: Hospitals have been asked by HCC to do an assessment of staff and resources, taking into account: – Number of Staff affected by school incident – Number of Staff Ill, options for coverage in ED/Inpatient HCC has requested MRC to do a volunteer assessment for deployment to healthcare facilities.

22 Homework #1 EM has asked for ESF8 info: – Plan for Enforcement of existing hospital restrictions/ consequences of ILI absence policy – Hospital activation Levels with corresponding staffing/resource decisions – Capacity for “decon” patients from scene – EMS coordination and assistance in planning for patient tracking – Hospital Public Messaging through JIC (how/who.)

23 ESF8 WebConference Agenda for 1200: ESF8/HCC Situation Status Health Department Surveillance Reports Incident Command Update- Health Facility Reports –,,, – DPHE/County Coordination issues – Contacts: ; FAX to HCC at Attn: “Exercise-HCC”

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