DQE Launches New Hospital Decontamination Drill & Hospital Evacuation Drill Programs

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DQE is launching a new Hospital Decontamination Drill and Patient Evacuation Drill program that provides hospital leadership and personnel with the opportunity to practice and test their emergency operation skills.

DQE’s HSEEP certified instructors collaborate with hospitals to provide exercises that focus on key areas of emergency operation. The exercises reinforce the core competencies required to execute a hospital evacuation or patient decontamination.

DQE's new Hospital Decontamination Drill and Patient Evacuation Drill programs offer hospitals the opportunity to practice their emergency preparedness skills. Exercises are the primary tool for assessing preparedness and identifying areas for improvement prior to a real incident. Simple drills with a certified DQE instructor are a great way to make sure a hospital is prepared for an event.

All DQE emergency exercises meet the standards of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), which provides a standardized methodology for hospital exercise design, development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. Both new DQE programs are concise, conducted at the healthcare facility, and focus on essential capabilities.

Hospital Decontamination Drill - After a short, remote planning meeting DQE will design a scenario that will test a hospital's decontamination capabilities. After the onsite drill, the participants will review their decontamination skills and DQE will provide an after action report.

The decontamination exercise focuses on key areas of an emergency decontamination operation: Communication, Zone Operation, Personnel, Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Victim Decontamination, and Documentation & Tracking.

Hospital Evacuation Drill - After the hospital’s team is briefed on the scope of play, the drill participants conduct a hands-on evacuation scenario that begins in one unit and progresses, as needed, throughout the facility. Following the exercise, DQE facilitates a meeting with the team to discuss strengths and areas of improvement for future evacuations.

This evacuation exercise focuses on key skills for evacuation: Patient Assessment, Horizontal & Vertical Patient Movement, Patient Holding & Loading, and Documentation & Tracking.

To learn more about DQE hospital emergency preparedness drill offerings, visit the DQE website at DqeReady.com/DeconDrill and DqeReady.com/EvacuationDrill.


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