Full Scale Exercise
April 25, 2020
This year’s scenario involves a rapidly increasing medical surge due to a novel influenza virus and the activation of appropriate plans to respond.
All organizations will participate from their own facilities utilizing the Incident Command Structure, and should encourage participation from appropriate staff to meet the following objectives.
- Activate incident command, emergency operations plans, and relevant infectious disease protocols to respond to an imminent surge of novel-strain influenza patients.
- Assess internal hospital pharmacy medical countermeasures and make resource requests for additional vaccine/ anti-viral medication as needed. *Healthcare partners operationally receive, triage and address treatment needs for a large influx of influenza patients to include pediatric and those with access and functional needs (AFN).
- Implement considerations for crisis standards of care relative to high demand/short supply medication and equipment needs for a surge of symptomatic patients.
- Implement procedures for infection control to protect both staff and the public as appropriate for the scenario to include those procedures for healthcare worker monitoring of exposed staff.
- Operationally perform functions associated with a closed Point of Dispensing (POD) onsite (i.e. at hospitals and long-term care facilities) for distribution of vaccine.
- Develop and deliver consistent messaging across the healthcare system to include both internal messaging to staff/patients and to the general public.
- Address functions related to fatality management and volunteer management during an influenza pandemic.