Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Central Utah Public Health Department undertook an initiative to conduct a hospital exercise designed to provide participants with the opportunity to assess current plans and procedures while enhancing the ability to effectively manage and coordinate hospital evacuation operations.
This exercise served as an opportunity for hospital management and staff along with local community partners to work through scenario information and injects dealing with the numerous challenges associated with evacuating a hospital following an earthquake.
At 1:37PM on a Sunday residents throughout the area begin to feel the ground roll and shake. Initial seismic reports indicate that a 6.9 magnitude earthquake occurred along the area’s major fault.
Following the earthquake facilities management conducts an inspection of the hospital to determine if it is safe to remain in the building.
Upon completing the inspection facilities management meets with members of the Hospital Incident Command Team to share their findings.
Due to the structural damage that was caused by the earthquake the decision is made to evacuate the hospital.
The Operational Maneuvers Earthquake Exercise was conducted on January 27, 2014, in Richfield Utah.
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.