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Full Scale Exercise

10/27/2017
A Full Scale Exercise is a simulated training event that incorporates all operational aspects of a the hospital and  external parties. Full Scale Exercises are the closest thing to a real event and demand a high degree of physical participation and wide scale communication. This type of exercise is particularly useful for testing logistics, communications, notification, and physical response capabilities.

Wednesday October 25, 2017 Oswego Community Hospital participated in a Full-Scale Exercise. This event included agencies from the community, Oswego Police Department, Labette County Emergency Management, EMS, and 911 Dispatch.

Emergency services began to receive patients at approximately 1:00 pm and lasted approx 2 hours. Throughout the course of the exercise a total of nine individuals with  varying degrees of injuries arrived as a result of the mock accident and community needs. The exercise used mock patients.

A Full Scale Exercise is a simulated training event that incorporates all operational aspects of a the hospital and  external parties. Full Scale Exercises are the closest thing to a real event and demand a high degree of physical participation and wide scale communication. This type of exercise is particularly useful for testing logistics, communications, notification, and physical response capabilities.

Dana Kabrey the Director of Nursing at Oswego Community Hospital  noted that communication during the exercise was excellent.  "As a critical access hospital we have always been very good at communicating with each other. We are a small hospital and work together in lots of areas every day.  I was glad to see that our daily working together made it possible to react on a short notice."

Dan Hiben the Administrator worked as Incident Commander and maintained a constant awareness through updates and reports from the staff that allowed the incident to move in a safe direction. "We wanted to test the mobilization of all the staff and have them respond to the needs of the community."

This type of exercise is only part of the ongoing requirements of the Oswego Community Hospital as it operates a critical access hospital for Labette County and the surrounding area. It also operates three community clinics. The Oswego Community Clinic had a Full-Scale Exercise at the same time. The clinics in Chetopa and Altamont are also preparing and will do a similar exercise.


 

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