Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) and Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Northwest Region will hold a full-scale exercise on Wednesday, May 9th at CHH to prepare for the possibility of a mass-casualty incident with northwest Connecticut EMS Agencies, emergency agencies, Homecare Agencies, Long Term Care Facilities and Medical Supply Companies, non-profit organizations and businesses.
The “real-world emergency” exercise is designed to establish a learning environment for participants to test emergency response plans, policies, and procedures as they pertain to a large influx of patients and surge in demand for health care services as a result of a catastrophic event within the community. This requires a coordinated approach to share information and resources, including staff, patient beds, medical equipment, supplies, medication, and other key items to provide the care under such conditions. It also allows participants to focus on strengthening this decision-making, coordination, and integration with other organizations and agencies that may offer assistance.
Participating in the planning, execution and evaluation of the exercise will be representatives from CHH and HHC Emergency Management, facilities and clinical areas, subject matter experts and volunteers from state and local emergency response teams and EMS providers, and personnel from local businesses and community healthcare organizations.
Over 100 people are scheduled to participate in roles that include players, controllers, evaluators, actors, observers, and support staff. Participating local and state agencies planning to take part include Campion Ambulance, Harwinton Ambulance, Litchfield Volunteer Ambulance, Torrington Fie Department, Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Disaster Behavioral Response Network, Torrington Area Health District, Naugatuck Valley Health District, Foothills VNA, VNS CT, All About You, Allume Homecare, Hartford Homecare, Northwest VNA, Doyle’s Medical Supply, J and L Medical, Community Health of Torrington, and Athena Healthcare.
“This exercise will allow us to put our planning and training into action so we may be better prepared for disasters that may arise in the future.” said Paul Rabeuf, EMS and Emergency Management Coordinator at CHH.
Visitors to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital on Wednesday, May 9th should be advised that it is only a drill and no hospital emergency or service operations will be affected. For more information, call 860-496-6656.