Mass Casualty Field Test Exercise - August 5, 2006
Demonstration and evaluation of the AID-N system was conducted at Montgomery Blair
High School, Silver Spring, Maryland on Saturday, August 5, 2006. The exercise was
conducted in collaboration with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Volunteer Services
personnel led by Chief Dan Blankfeld.
The field test exercise was an analysis of patient assessment, logistics, and team
communication in a simulated mass casualty event where two teams of EMS providers
care for patients. One team of providers used traditional vital sign monitoring
and communication devices while the other team used advanced technologies including
wireless vital sign monitors and internet technologies. The goal of this study was
to determine if wireless monitoring of patient vital signs during a simulated mass
casualty event would improve the ability of medical providers to obtain essential
patient information and continuously transmit the data to EMS officers, public health
officials and destination hospitals as compared to traditional methods.
The scenario simulated a multi-car traffic accident, The event assumed a traffic
accident caused by an overpass collapse with over 100 wounded victims. The surge
of patients overflowed all hospitals within the 15 mile radius of the accident.
The drill focused on a subset of the total patients, and involved 20 wounded victims
from a single bus, separated into a control group and an experimental group of 10
patients each. The 20 volunteer victims were provided by the Montgomery County volunteer
center. 15 trained EMS personnel were provided by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.
Some of the patients were transported to Suburban Hospital, a level-one trauma center.
Other patients that required less immediate treatment, but could not be sent to
the hospital because of the overflow situation, were transferred to the nearby Montgomery
Blair High School, which was set up as an ad hoc auxiliary care center and was staffed
by the EMS personnel from the scene.
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Click the image above to view a movie about the AID-N Exercise