Clinic conducts mass casualty exercise

| June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
Simulated casualties dispersed around the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks (USAHC-SB) during a Mass Casualty Exercise conducted on June 3, 2015. (Photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Colocho)

Simulated casualties dispersed around the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks (USAHC-SB) during a Mass Casualty Exercise conducted on June 3, 2015. (Photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Colocho)

1st Lt. Jessica Colocho
U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The health clinic, here, conducted a mass casualty exercise, June 3.

The exercise began at 8:45 a.m. with the announcement in the overhead PA system of the clinic, “Exercise, Exercise, Exercise: Attention to all clinic staff and patient.”

A litter team at the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks (USAHC-SB) prepares to lift and carry a simulated casualty during a Mass Casualty Exercise conducted on June 3, 2015. (Photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Colocho)

A litter team at the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks (USAHC-SB) prepares to lift and carry a simulated casualty during a Mass Casualty Exercise conducted on June 3, 2015. (Photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Colocho)

Once the announcement was made, clinic staff at the Acute Care Clinic (ACC), Physical Therapy (PT), Ortho and Family Medicine prepared to begin receiving casualties, and all other personnel reported to the manpower pool.

Casualties were dispersed around the clinic with various injuries. Aid and litter teams were identified to assist and carry the casualties into the triage area, where they would be assigned a degree of urgency and then transferred to the appropriate clinic for care.

The manpower pool, located in Bldg. 691, was designated as the location for all staff to convene if they had no assigned task. This location allowed for accountability of staff, but also a resource to obtain readily available hands to help out, instead of running around the clinic looking for someone to be available.

The clinic has conducted and is preparing to conduct continuous trainings to prepare for contingency operations here and abroad. It is in an effort to always maintain readiness and preparedness.

Staff at the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks (USAHC-SB) Acute Care Clinic (ACC) take vitals of incoming simulated casualties during a Mass Casualty Exercise conducted on June 3, 2015. (Photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Colocha)

Staff at the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks (USAHC-SB) Acute Care Clinic (ACC) take vitals of incoming simulated casualties during a Mass Casualty Exercise conducted on June 3, 2015. (Photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Colocha)

The importance of the training was stressed before and after the exercise through briefings and debriefs.

Dr. George Rahaim, chief of the Children and Family Behavioral Health Services (CAFBHS) clinic, emphasized the importance of the exercise during his debrief with the CAFBHS personnel.

He stated, “It is important to take these exercises seriously, because in the event the clinic has to respond to a mass casualty emergency, there will be chaos and everyone needs to know what to do and how to respond.”

Furthermore, it allowed for the implementation of the current Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). The implementation was a means of certifying the current EOP.

Overall, the exercise was a complete success. USAHC-SB was able to use this opportunity to train its staff to be prepared and ready in responding to a mass casualty emergency event.

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