Global Disaster Exercise Tests Regional Healthcare System; Ultimate Caduceus Creates Opportunity for Military, Civilian Cooperation, Preparation.
SPOKANE, Wash., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Disaster and emergency response experts from nearly two dozen regional agencies are ready to launch Ultimate Caduceus caduceus (kədy`sēəs), wing-topped staff, with two snakes winding about it, carried by Hermes, given to him (according to one legend) by Apollo. , a cooperative disaster exercise involving the United States Army United States Army
Major branch of the U.S. military forces, charged with preserving peace and security and defending the nation. The first regular U.S. fighting force, the Continental Army, was organized by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775, to supplement local , United States Air Force United States Air Force (USAF)
Major component of the U.S. military organization, with primary responsibility for air warfare, air defense, and military space research. It also provides air services in coordination with the other military branches. U.S. , Region 9 Homeland Security, Spokane Regional Health District, state and county emergency services and virtually every hospital in eastern Washington. The event takes place on Wednesday, March 23, 2005.
The exercise is designed to test the ability of hospitals in eastern Washington to cope with a sudden influx of injured or wounded military people and their families. It revolves around the arrival of a C-17 aircraft from McChord Air Force Base McChord Air Force Base (IATA: TCM, ICAO: KTCM) is a United States Air Force base in Pierce County, Washington. As of the 2000 census, it had a total population of 4,096. loaded with simulated victims of a major disaster in south Asia. The aircraft will arrive at the Army National Guard Hanger, 8700 W. Electric Ave., at 8:40 A.M. on March 23rd and will be on ground until 9:10 A.M.
"While we test ourselves to deal with disasters frequently, it is rare that we are able to test our abilities on this scale," said Empire Health Services Hospital Safety Director, Randy Benson. "The idea behind this drill is caring for military people and their families if hospitals on the west side of the state become overwhelmed with victims. It helps us perfect methods of working with other agencies and hospitals to meet the needs of all of our patients."
In this exercise, victims arrive in the Inland Northwest for care in medical facilities that have the capacity to treat their injuries. Dozens of Spokane area volunteers will then step in to act as the victims and will be dispatched in busses and ambulances to Deaconess Medical Center, Sacred Heart Medical Center Sacred Heart Medical Center may refer to:
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Rural hospitals throughout eastern Washington will be sent faxes indicating they should prepare to receive patients. No volunteers will be sent to those locations.
The next step for organizers is to analyze the outcome of the exercise and define ways to improve regional emergency planning, preparation and response.
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