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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/162385
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Operation Red Dragon: Improving National Security
Abstract:
Operation Red Dragon: Improving National Security
Conference Sponsor:Emergency Nurses Association
Conference Year:2010
Author:Kratz, Ann, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, APNP
P.I. Institution Name:Aurora Medical Center: Washington County
Title:Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner
Contact Address:1032 East Summer Street, Hartford, WI, 53027, USA
Contact Telephone:262-670-7585
[ENA Annual Conference - Evidence-based Practice Presentation]
Purpose: Since September 11, 2001, it is paramount that hospitals in the United States can quickly react to any potential disasters. "Operation Red Dragon" is a government funded multitiered major disaster reenactment testing the emergency response to potential bioterrorism disasters. Red Dragon was the largest training exercise that helped civilian authorities to respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks. The objective of this project is to assist other Emergency Departments and emergency nurses to apply the principles and lessons learned to improve their emergency preparedness response to potential disasters.

Design: A quality assurance project design was utilized.

Setting: A Community Level III Trauma Center in a Magnet Re-Designated Medical Center.

Participants/Subjects: The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) provided the participants for this disaster drill. The Midwestern Medical Center provided the hospital personnel to actualize their knowledge and interventions of emergency preparedness preparation.

Methods: A division of Homeland security contacted this Midwestern Hospital Preparedness Program to participate with the FBI, the United States Army along with local authorities in "Operation Red Dragon". This Midwestern Hospital was one of a few select hospitals in the nation to participate in this first Red Dragon community exercise. Operation Red Dragon focuses on hospitals and local Emergency Management Systems (EMS) to ensure HAZMAT and mass causality plans are effective. During 2008-2009, the emergency nurses' at this Midwestern Medical Center actively participated in a cooperative effort with local, county, and regional fire and rescue departments and governments, multi-county Emergency Management HAZMAT Teams which resulted in a regional HAZMAT terrorist cell exercise. The victims were transported to the emergency department, triaged, decontaminated, assessed and stabilized during this exercise. The capabilities of the organizations were fully implemented.

Results/Outcomes: During this drill over sixty-five victims were cared for in a seven bed emergency department during a two hour period of time. Ten of the victims were priority one. This truly evaluated the surge capacity of our emergency department and medical center. This collaborative program was extremely successful in simulating a community response to acts of terrorism, medical threats and emergencies and was an excellent example of government and community collaboration and teamwork. It also was successful in strengthening this Midwestern Hospital's HAZMAT, decontamination techniques and Level III trauma center. The after action report provides an extremely powerful example of the costs of emergency preparedness as well as the government, community and hospital responsiveness and decision-making. This is a stellar example of government and community partnerships.

Implications: Managers, CNS, hospital leaders and emergency nurses can improve their emergency management systems based on the lessons learned in this exercise. Considering the international situation it is important that this effective program to test hospital and community resources related to dealing with crisis situations should be replicated at other facilities.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Emergency Nurses Association

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleOperation Red Dragon: Improving National Securityen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/162385-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Operation Red Dragon: Improving National Security</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Emergency Nurses Association</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Kratz, Ann, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, APNP</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Aurora Medical Center: Washington County</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">1032 East Summer Street, Hartford, WI, 53027, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">262-670-7585</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">ann.kratz@aurora.org</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[ENA Annual Conference - Evidence-based Practice Presentation] <br/>Purpose: Since September 11, 2001, it is paramount that hospitals in the United States can quickly react to any potential disasters. &quot;Operation Red Dragon&quot; is a government funded multitiered major disaster reenactment testing the emergency response to potential bioterrorism disasters. Red Dragon was the largest training exercise that helped civilian authorities to respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks. The objective of this project is to assist other Emergency Departments and emergency nurses to apply the principles and lessons learned to improve their emergency preparedness response to potential disasters.<br/><br/>Design: A quality assurance project design was utilized.<br/><br/>Setting: A Community Level III Trauma Center in a Magnet Re-Designated Medical Center. <br/><br/>Participants/Subjects: The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) provided the participants for this disaster drill. The Midwestern Medical Center provided the hospital personnel to actualize their knowledge and interventions of emergency preparedness preparation.<br/><br/>Methods: A division of Homeland security contacted this Midwestern Hospital Preparedness Program to participate with the FBI, the United States Army along with local authorities in &quot;Operation Red Dragon&quot;. This Midwestern Hospital was one of a few select hospitals in the nation to participate in this first Red Dragon community exercise. Operation Red Dragon focuses on hospitals and local Emergency Management Systems (EMS) to ensure HAZMAT and mass causality plans are effective. During 2008-2009, the emergency nurses' at this Midwestern Medical Center actively participated in a cooperative effort with local, county, and regional fire and rescue departments and governments, multi-county Emergency Management HAZMAT Teams which resulted in a regional HAZMAT terrorist cell exercise. The victims were transported to the emergency department, triaged, decontaminated, assessed and stabilized during this exercise. The capabilities of the organizations were fully implemented.<br/><br/>Results/Outcomes: During this drill over sixty-five victims were cared for in a seven bed emergency department during a two hour period of time. Ten of the victims were priority one. This truly evaluated the surge capacity of our emergency department and medical center. This collaborative program was extremely successful in simulating a community response to acts of terrorism, medical threats and emergencies and was an excellent example of government and community collaboration and teamwork. It also was successful in strengthening this Midwestern Hospital's HAZMAT, decontamination techniques and Level III trauma center. The after action report provides an extremely powerful example of the costs of emergency preparedness as well as the government, community and hospital responsiveness and decision-making. This is a stellar example of government and community partnerships.<br/><br/>Implications: Managers, CNS, hospital leaders and emergency nurses can improve their emergency management systems based on the lessons learned in this exercise. Considering the international situation it is important that this effective program to test hospital and community resources related to dealing with crisis situations should be replicated at other facilities. <br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T10:27:18Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T10:27:18Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipEmergency Nurses Associationen_GB
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