Thank you all who participated in the FCC and PVMC Surge Drill on June 5. The scenario was a tornado that hit a large Wyoming town and they had to evacuate the hospital. The 44 patients that came by helicopter were stationed out of DIA and were simulated Wyoming hospital evacuation patients. The other 30 patients were simulated driving from Wyoming after the hospital was evacuated.
It was a very successful drill for PVMC and fun to watch. Here is a quick summary of the drill:
- We surged the hospital with 74 patients, 44 of them came by helicopter
- We surged to the Cath Lab/MI waiting area with our minor patients and set up a Fast Track Care Area
- We surged to PACU with our moderately ill patients and these patients were taken care of by the PACU staff and the Hospitalists
- We registered 74 new patients into the test system and worked out issues on how we could register patients coming in masses and quickly.
- We landed 5 helicopters with patients and one helicopter to take patients back – the helicopters we landed were:
– 2 Military Lakotas carrying one patient each
– 1 Military Black Hawk carrying 7 patients
– 2 Military Chinooks carrying 25 and 10 patients respectively
– 1 Military Chinook that returned 30 patients to DIA
In addition to the drill, the hospital carried on regular business without disruption or delay in patient care. This was a wonderful test of our surge capacity and taught us many lessons on how we would care for an influx of patients if the situation ever arose.