Response Systems continues Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning Support to Colorado Hospitals

April 20, 2012 — Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) has engaged Response Systems to continue assisting state hospitals in COOP plan building, training and web program support for 2012. Mark Chambers, RS Senior Consultant, states “CHA’s focus on building COOP acumen and plans in the State of Colorado is very forward leaning and puts them in a leadership role in the nation in terms of building readiness in this very important readiness initiative. Those seeking to jump start their COOP plans should seek out CHA for their advice on building a COOP for Healthcare program”. Response Systems provides full COOP elemental support to all hospitals in the state. Each hospital has been required to produce an initial COOP plan for Essential Elements and Delegations of Authority to qualify for 2011 grant dollars under ASPR/HPP funding.

Response Systems tabbed to provide Staff Augmentation Support to US GulfCoast.

March 2, 2012 — State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and their agencies of Bureau of EMS (BEMS) and Office of Public Health (OPH) have entered into a multi-year agreement with Response Systems to provide Strike Teams to support state disaster response operations. Response Systems may provide staffing in excess of 150 licensed personnel to assure management, operational efficiency and recovery for the many response functions delivered in the event of a mass medical surge or evacuation. Todd Grainger, President of Response Systems states “We are respectful of the large responsibility LA DHH has tasked us with. Our ability to successfully carry out past response missions in Louisiana is a key building block to insure a now larger statewide construct of support”.

Response Systems renews Hospital Evacuation Training Support to Washington State Department of Health..

January 11, 2012 — Response Systems contract to train health care professionals on all aspects of health care facility evacuations in the State of Washington was renewed for 2012. According to Kim Butowicz, Training and Education Coordinator; WADOH Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response, “We have been very pleased and subsequently, Response Systems has returned to Washington to conduct additional trainings across the state for us.  They (Response Systems) know hospitals and they know HICS. They are also very good trainers. We have found a winning combination”.

Response Systems training techniques validated by five year study of Hospital Preparedness Programs

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) commissioned an independent study of the effectiveness of the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). Its findings, published in March 2009, conclude that healthcare professionals and executives managing disaster response require a NIMS based training curriculum custom to their actual roles and responsibilities. “ASPR should consider creating or adopting a healthcare specific NIMS training program for use by hospitals and public health agencies that participate in the HPP. Higher level training, originally intended for first responders, have little significance to their roles in their institutions. A shorter, healthcare specific NIMS training should be adopted for the executive-level training.”

Response Systems’ Physician Led Healthcare Preparedness and Response Programs allows hospitals and public health organizations to improve the individual skill levels of key contributors and improve overall NIMS compliance by customizing the following programs:

  • Hospital Incident Command System
  • Advanced Hospital Incident Command System
  • Interactive Readiness Continuum Series
    • Emergency Managers/Emergency Preparedness Coordinators
    • Medical Technical Specialists
    • Command and General Staff
  • ICS 300/400
  • Scenario Based Policy/Plan Workshop Development

The study, conducted by the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, also concludes that healthcare organizations make the most measurable program gains by employing the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) methodology to all exercise activities. “Implementation of HSEEP standards, though resource-intensive, has led to better quality exercises and facilitates the incorporation of corrective actions.”

Response Systems utilizes HSEEP methodology in all of its exercise efforts. Our Professional Staff includes FEMA certified HSEEP Instructor Level. View the full report (PDF) of the ASPR-UPMC study.

The Southwest Kansas Homeland Security Region Counsel has Selected Response Systems’ Mass Medical Evacuation Unit (MMEU) to address mass casualty response needs.

Thursday, October 7, 2009 — The MMEU provides BLS and ALS medical transport capabilities for multiple patients along with disaster command and control functionality. “Response Systems has worked with us over the past year on customizing this unit to meet our needs and was willing to use our existing assets to help us meet our goals” says Bill Taldo of the SKHSRC. Response Systems’ MMEU has been utilized by hospitals and several Coastal US state response organizations for hurricane medical evacuation response efforts. Response Systems holds US Patent Pending on the MMEU.

FEMA directs disaster planning to recognize children as Special Needs population. Response Systems Pediatric Disaster Life Support Training unites First Responders and First Receivers.

Pediatric Basic Disaster Life Support (PBDLS) – Prospectus

PBDLS is a custom designed program that incorporated the concepts and strategies of the PDLS program of UMASS as well as the AMA/NDLS-BDLS program to give the participants a program designed to highlight the key aspects of basic pediatric care in a disaster situation.

PBDLS is designed to give emergency personnel a foundation of knowledge and skills to more effectively prepare for and respond to disasters involving children.

For years, pediatric patients were underemphasized in Disaster Medicine. In the last decade, there has been increased interest in how to better care for children before they get to the hospital. This can be difficult, since “children are not just little adults” and they do not fit the traditional mold of preparing for and treating children in a disaster.

A major focus of PBDLS is the difference between children and adults. Children have unique medical and psychological needs that must be taken into account during disaster preparedness and response planning.

We will focus on the special vulnerabilities of children during disaster:

  • PBDLS reflects the advancements in the science of pediatric care during disasters
  • PBDLS has two core lectures:
    • Fundamental Concepts in Pediatric Disaster Medicine
    • Practical Issues in Pediatric Disaster Medicine

This is followed by a field training exercise that will give you an opportunity to practice some of the skills presented in PBDLS.

Read the FEMA press release on Pediatric Disaster Life Support Training