Date: Monday April 30, 2012
Presented by: Dr. Mike Peddle (Emergency Response Team Physician), Paul Robinson and Kelly Davis (CBRNe Specialists)
Members of LHSC’s Emergency Response Team (ERT), along with key members of SWORBHP’s regional CBRNe Specialists were invited to participate in Israel’s Health Systems National Disaster Exercise – ‘Orange Flame 6’. In the process of providing international oversight, we were exposed to all aspects of Israel’s CBRNe and MCI response capacity and infrastructure. In addition, and by virtue of their frequent application of MCI principles, were able to learn from the acknowledged experts in this field.
There are lessons to be learned from this experience in the area of system design, training, and response that are applicable in Ontario. In addition, it is clear that the interface between EMS and hospital is critical and needs to be exercised to improve function. There are both methods that can be applied locally, as well as simple initiatives to improve our ability to respond and treat patients during disasters.
Paramedics of all levels will benefit from joining this paramedic rounds, as you will be able to:
- Appreciate new insight into the Israeli health system, in particular, the EMS response system
- Appraise the Israeli approach to CBRNe protocols that the LHSC ERT would employ in the event of a CBRNe disasterDescribe how to interact with LHSC ERT during a multi-casualty CBRNe incident as an EMS agency
- Apply methods or equipment used in Israel to the Ontario system in order to improve response to MCI/CBRNe incidents