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Major Code Orange Simulation Exercise Involving Montréal’s Health Network

Important exercice de simulation Code orange dans le réseau montréalais de la santé

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.

Two-part simulation

"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, SPVMCAESonosim, Laerdal and Reacts.


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