TAMC participates in Makani Pahili

| June 13, 2013 | 0 Comments
HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center participates in Makani Pahili. (Photo by Sgt. Margaret Jordan)

HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center participates in Makani Pahili. (Photo by Sgt. Margaret Jordan)

Capt. Eren McBride
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Each year, the local and state Hawaii government, U.S. federal government and Department of Defense participate in a statewide scenario-driven hurricane preparation exercise known as “Makani Pahili,” which means “strong wind” in Hawaiian.

This year the exercise was held May 28-June 6.

HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center participates in Makani Pahili. (Photo by Sgt. Margaret Jordan)

HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center participates in Makani Pahili. (Photo by Sgt. Margaret Jordan)

Tripler Army Medical Center went through a rigorous alert and recall sequence in order to receive patients for a mass casualty (MASCAL) exercise.

Moulaged casualties were set in place, and within a half hour of notification, emergency responders were on site providing lifesaving care. Patients were then evacuated by both ground and air ambulances.

To maximize training, TAMC then responded to a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) event. Emergency responders donned their personal protective equipment, set up dirty and clean sites, and prepared to receive “dirty” patients.

The “dirty” patients were immediately sent through the technical decontamination corridor in which the majority of the contaminants were removed from the patient. Patients were then triaged and treated by the TAMC emergency department.

HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center participates in Makani Pahili. (Photo by Sgt. Margaret Jordan)

HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center participates in Makani Pahili. (Photo by Sgt. Margaret Jordan)

Through this exercise, TAMC was able to synchronize and execute the Hospital Incident Command System and evaluate the Emergency Operations Plan while ensuring all HAH, DOD and Joint Commission (JC) regulatory requirements were met.

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