We design, plan, evaluate and deliver disaster and emergency exercises, based on healthcare-specific scenarios. This has proven to be one of the best ways to evaluate training and to validate emergency management plans and systems. In addition to the obvious training and preparedness advantages, having an effective exercise program is also a grant or accreditation requirement for most organizations. The staff at CIS will tailor all exercises to meet the time constraints, staffing availability and needs of your facility to ensure maximum participation by facility staff. Preparedness exercises can be grouped in two categories: discussion-based exercises, and operations-based exercises.
Discussion-based exercises are excellent tools for orienting staff to facility emergency operations plans, procedures and policies. This type of exercise is especially valuable for staff who may not have an extensive background in emergency preparedness. Discussion-based exercises include seminars, workshops, tabletop exercises (TTX) such as an evacuation tabletop exercise, and games. Discussion-based exercises focus on strategic, policy-oriented issues; Facilitators and/or presenters lead the discussion, keeping participants on track while meeting the objectives of the exercise. These exercises involve less staff and do not require ‘boots on the ground’ activities.
Functional Exercise (FE)
Functional Exercises simulates a disaster in a realistic manner without moving real people and equipment to an exercise site (i.e., first responders or emergency officials responding to an incident in real time). It achieves realism by means of a carefully designed and scripted scenarios, in which field play is simulated. Functional exercises are acceptable to many accreditation agencies
Full-Scale Exercises (FSE)
A full-scale exercise can be a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, multi-discipline exercise involving functional (e.g., joint field office, emergency operation centers, etc.) and “boots on the ground” response. Most health care facilities are required to participate in at least one full scale exercise per year to satisfy accreditation requirements. Other agencies may be required to participate in a full-scale exercise based on grant funding. Full scale exercises can be developed to the level of each facilities need to assist with compliance requirements.
Our exercise experience has included:
Hospital Medical Surge
Continuity of Operations
Coalition Surge Tool
Highly Infectious Disease
Strategic National Stockpile
Radiological Dispersal Device
Contact us to personalize an exercise for your organization. Get prepared!
Benny St. John, MA, MEP
President, Critical Integrated Solutions