The Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal coordinated a major Code orange simulation drill to test the health network’s response during a major emergency involving many casualties.
The drill took place place from 10 a.m. to noon in two facilities: CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal’s Santa Cabrini Hospital and CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal’s Verdun Hospital. The simulation exercise involves a collision between an airplane and another vehicle on the airport tarmac; the emergency rooms at both hospitals will be admitting 33 “casualties”. The CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal is also taking part in the exercise; its role is to test the deployment of front-line workers in case of emergency. During the simulation, Santa-Cabrini and Verdun hospitals will maintain services. Measures have been taken to ensure continuity of services for users of those facilities.
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Hospital staff has not been informed of the exercise, since the goal is to test procedures and improve response for both physical and psychosocial care in this type of situation.
The drill is a collaborative effort involving a number of partners: the participating CIUSSS, Urgences-santé, Collège Ahuntsic, John Abbott College, Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, Collège Montmorency, Université du Québec à Montréal and Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services. It is led by CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, which is responsible for coordinating civil protection and emergency measures activities in Montréal’s health and social services network.
What is a Code Orange?
Montréal’s health services network could be called upon if an explosion, industrial accident, road accident involving a school bus, plane crash or even a mass shooting in a public place were to occur. >As outlined in Québec’s emergency preparedness plan, Montréal hospitals are responsible for admitting and treating victims during emergency situations.
A Code Orange is an international code used to signal a catastrophe or external emergency that requires mass transportation of casualties to hospitals.