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Johns Hopkins Medicine Mobilizes During Ebola Exercise
The Johns Hopkins Lifeline Special Operations Response
Team waits to receive a simulated patient suspected of
having Ebola during an exercise in December 2019.
Johns Hopkins Medicine teams recently tested their ability to receive and care for simulated patients suspected of having Ebola.
Lifeline’s Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and the Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit (BCU) conducted a joint exercise on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, titled “Operation Santa’s Sleigh,” at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The exercise, which was in collaboration with the Saint Francis Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Infectious Disease Transport Team in Delaware and the Cecil County Emergency Services – Hazardous Materials Team, involved the safe isolation, transport and admission of two simulated patients to the Johns Hopkins BCU.
The goal of the exercise was to simulate the transition of patients between Lifeline SORT and external EMS partners. The Saint Francis EMS Infectious Disease Transport Team and the Cecil County Emergency Services – Hazardous Materials Team transported two simulated patients from Cecil County to The Johns Hopkins Hospital by ambulance, where they were met by Lifeline SORT at a secure designated location. In addition to transport logistics involving the two simulated patients, the exercise also enabled participants to practice protocols for dressing and removing personal protective equipment, waste management and decontamination of medical equipment and ambulances.
“This was an excellent opportunity to work with our colleagues from Cecil County Emergency Services and Saint Francis EMS as we continue ongoing preparedness efforts to safely transport and receive patients with a suspected or confirmed high consequence pathogen,” says Chad Bowman, Lifeline SORT coordinator.
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