Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Ohio Hospital Association in coordination with the Southeast and Southeast Central Ohio Homeland Security Regions undertook an initiative to conduct an exercise designed to provide hospitals and health departments along with their public health partners with the opportunity to assess current plans and procedures while enhancing their capabilities to respond to a Phase 6 infectious disease pandemic.
This exercise served as an opportunity for the management and staff that make up individual hospitals, health departments and public health partners to work through scenario information and injects dealing with the numerous challenges associated with maintaining operations with a reduced workforce while supporting the health and medical needs of local residents.
An outbreak of unusually severe respiratory illness is identified in a small village in southern China.
Over the next 45 to 60 days the outbreak becomes a devastating Phase 6 infectious disease pandemic effecting communities throughout the United States.
An Exercise Briefing video was produced to ensure that teams and individual team members were ready to successfully partake in the exercise. This video provided valuable information regarding preparing for and participating in the exercise.
Access and view the Exercise Briefing.
The Ohio Contagion Exercise was conducted on May 8, 2014, at hospitals and health department throughout southern Ohio.
This exercise is an example of the kind of exercises that comprise the nationwide Caduceus Shield Exercise Initiative. This initiative provides meaningful exercise opportunities for America’s health system.