[twocol_one] Hospital Major Incident Medical Management & Support (HMIMMS) Tabletop Exercise

The exercise aim is to understand the clinical and management issues that arise during the reception phase of a major incident within a major fictitious hospital.  No references to local plans and procedures specific to the audience’s own workplace is the main rule during the scenario.

The tabletop exercise is designed to lead the audience through the clinical and management issues that arise during a hospital major incident response. The audience are “in charge” of the response however the instructor is needed to ensure control of the exercise. The key events have been pre planned and indicative timings are provided to ensure a realistic flow to the exercise.

During the exercise both additional staff and patients begin to arrive in significant numbers. The aim is to expose audience to the chaos of the reception phase and force some urgent decision making, but to control this by interspersing reflective discussion on the decisions they have made.

During the exercise the audience may fall back on their speciality, some may have a clinical bias, some may be weighted towards management. The exercise tries to give the audience an understanding of their area of concern with their need to have an overview of the whole response. During the exercise there is a requirement for the audience to rotate through the different clinical roles and also undertake a command and control role.  The aim of the exercise is to see the bigger picture and not to get bogged down in clinical decisions – the patients are there as props for the exercise, not as its core.

Learning outcomes:

The audience are directly involved in discussion and decision making in response to a scripted major incident scenario. Participants undertake a functional role and rotate through key incident management duties.

Major incident response involves a high level of communication, cooperation and coordination.  This exercise requires this to occur to ensure an effective response.  The exercise also requires the best use of resources within the hospital to occur and the ongoing cooperation between medical and nursing staff

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Workshop Facilitator: Paul McGowen – SA Health Emergency Management

paul mcgowenPaul McGowen is a Senior Emergency Management Officer at the Department for Health and Ageing in South Australia and is responsible for a wide portfolio of duties covering Emergency Management planning, preparedness and response.  He specialises in training and education which includes development and delivery of emergency scenario exercises across all public hospitals in the State with an emphasis on surge capacity and evacuations.    Paul is the National (Australian) MIMMS coordinator and also the South Australian coordinator for the Australian Medical Assistance Teams which deploy to disasters both at home and overseas.  He deployed overseas as part of the South Australian Team to Samoa after the 2009 tsunami and as part of a National Team to the Philippines in 2013 following the impact from Typhoon Haiyan .

Previously Paul served in the Royal Air Force in the UK for 24 years and has deployed to various locations around the world including the Middle East and the South Atlantic.

Instructors: Shane Bolton – SA Health Emergency Management, Aaron Hughes

Target Audience: Staff who may be involved in a major incident response within a hospital

Date: Friday 1st July 1320 to 1450

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