Update: Simulation completed - October 18, 2018, 10:30
A major simulation exercise was underway in Montréal this morning. The goal was to test the health network’s response to a Code Orange, a major emergency involving many casualties. The Coordination régionale des mesures d’urgence, de la sécurité civile et de la liaison avec les salles d’urgence (CRMUSCSU) du CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal was coordinating the exercise. The simulation was an initiative of Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur du CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. Specifically it aimed to test supply and management of blood and blood products between the health network and Héma-Québec, one of its main partners.
- The first part—a tabletop exercise—took place last October 2. Attendees included Urgences-santé, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), CRMUSCSU du CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, as well as local coordinators and directors of professional services in Montréal’s health network. The exercise used the EMERGO system to test the activation and initiation of regional dispatching and victim management during a major event. The CHUM is the only health institution in North American trained to use EMERGO.
- The second part took place this morning, in the form of a “real-life” exercise to which two institutions were responding: Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur du CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and Montréal Children’s Hospital at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). A smaller-scale simulation was taking place in the emergency departments at the MUHC's Royal Victoria and Montreal General Hospitals. At the same time, the following institutions were conducting tabletop exercises to improve their levels of preparedness: Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont at CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and Montréal Heart Institute.
"A Code Orange is an international code used to signal a catastrophe or external emergency that requires the mass transportation of casualties to hospitals,” said Caroline Dusablon, regional emergency measures coordinator at CRMUSCSU du CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal. “This simulation exercise is important because it enhances the skills of healthcare providers.”
Emergency services maintained
The hospitals involved continued to provide the usual services at all times. Arrangements had been made to ensure the simulation had no impact on people at the participating institutions and patient services were available throughout the exercise.
Collaboration of several partners
The exercise was being carried out in conjunction with a number of partners working together to rehearse their emergency preparedness roles or to help conduct the simulation: CRMUSCSU du CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, Héma-Québec, Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur du CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and MUHC’s Montréal Children’s Hospital, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont du CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, Montreal Heart Institute, Royal Victoria Hospital and Montreal General Hospital of the MUHC, the Canadian Armed Forces, Collège Ahunstic, Urgences-santé, CHUM, SPVM, CAE, Sonosim, Laerdal and Reacts.