[Date]. Pediatric Disaster Tabletop Exercise. [Your Hospital Name]. Moderated by : [ ] Facilitated by: [ ]. [Hospital Logo]. What is a Tabletop?.
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Pediatric Disaster Tabletop Exercise
[Your Hospital Name]
Moderated by:[ ]
Facilitated by:[ ]
A tabletop exercise is afacilitated analysis of an emergency situation in an informal, stress-free environment. It is designed to elicit constructive discussion as participants examine and resolve problems based on existing operational plans and identify where those plans need to be refined.
Prepare non pediatric specialty hospitals for disasters involving pediatric evaluation, treatment and transfer.
1. Incident Command Center as per HICS
2. ED/Clinical services
An explosion of unknown etiology occurs in the auditorium at [school near you].
An elementary school class is performing on the stage of the auditorium during a concert for parents.
The school is located [distance] from the hospital.
INJECT # 2
No available Stretchers – ED requests more from Command Center.
How would you address the need for stretchers and bed space in the ED?
INJECT # 3
OEM request statements from
Command Center, ED etc.
Staff becomes anxious that Geiger counter is being used, VERY anxious:
“Is this a radiologic event?”
What would you do to respond to Staff concerns?
Patient 6 is declared DOA in the
No staff available to transport patients.
How would you respond to the needs for increased staffing?
OR calls, asks where are the patients?
Why haven’t any been transferred?
Over 100 family members, concerned citizens and media try to get in through ED entrance.
Fifteen Minutes Please
Local EMS agency reports to ED Triage Officer that there are no HAZMAT radiologic contaminants.
ED Staff is demonstrating stress and fatigue
Rumors circulating within hospital of additional dirty bomb explosions in other areas in the NYC region
What actions would you take to respond to Staff stress? What actions would you take to respond to rumors about other explosions?
Ambulance crews inquire about hospital status They are being held in ED for extended periods of time (EMS stretchers being used)
How would you respond to questions from EMS crews and need for stretchers?
Were the goals and objectives for this exercise met?