Have a look at the sessions and speakers featured in 2018.
Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents in Your Community: Lessons Learned from Orlando Night-Club and Las Vegas
The rise in mass casualty incidents (MCIs) creates increasing challenges for both surgeons and trauma systems in terms of adequately preparing for these crises.
This session will highlight real-world insights from surgeons who treated seriously injured patients as a result of two mass shooting: at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016, and at an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017.
In this session you will:
• Find out more about medical staff and first responder coordination
• Review the unique challenges of caring for an influx of injured patients
• Identify how to organize a well-functioning trauma system, prepared for mass casualty incidents (MCI) and disasters
• Review the challenges of communicating with families when dealing with MCIs
• Get an opportunity to ask your pressing questions
Active Shooter: Lessons Learned from Northumberland Hills Hospital
• Review the unique challenges of an active shooter in a busy hospital
• Identify strengths of hospital drills and how they can be improved
• Review immediate and intermediate effects on hospital staff
Rolling out a Code Silver Exercise
Hospital emergency codes are critical in enabling hospital staff to ensure the safety and well-being of patients, visitors, and other staff. Recently, Code Silver was added to the standardized list of emergency codes and involves an emergency response specific to a violent situation involving a weapon.
At Trillium Health Partners (THC) the launch of Code Silver was supported by a hospital-wide communication and education plan, which included outlining policies and procedures at each of THP’s three hospital sites, unit huddles and initiatives to raise awareness on the roles of individuals during a Code Silver, which included a mock exercise with THP’s senior leadership team.
• Find out more about Trillium Health Partners (THP) code silver mock exercise
• How to convince senior leadership to do a full-scale Code Silver exercise
Evacuating a Hospital
On May 3, 2016, the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta was evacuated due to raging wildfires. Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray had to evacuate all their patients.
On Sunday, November 5, 2017, fire damaged a south wing of St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, taking out its logistical and nutrition services areas. As a result, 96 of its 228 residents, all of whom were seniors and people with chronic illnesses, had to be evacuated.
In this session the speakers will share:
• The events leading up to the evacuations
• Their experiences with the evacuation of the hospitals and reactivation of operations
Cyberattacks – Is the Health Care Industry an Inviting Target?
Hospitals have become giant building-sized computers with all the benefits and vulnerabilities that come with technology. The world recently witnessed the extent of these vulnerabilities firsthand when a ransomware attack known as WannaCry rapidly infected hospitals around the world, completely crippling many in England and Scotland. How was this possible?
In this session, learn:
• Why it is up to everyone involved in the circle of care, from the boardroom to the server room, to do their part to ensure the security of technology and digital information
• How to handle a ransomware attack
• Concrete cybersecurity measures
This interactive session will provide participants with the opportunity to network with peers and share emergency events that their hospital has experienced. In a round-table discussion, participants will share the lessons learned from these incidents and the actions planned or implemented to improve preparedness or mitigate future incidents. The session aims to:
• Foster discussion on successful strategies and tactics that supported the response and recovery of the incident
• Have participants reflect on the lessons learned and how they would apply them to their own work environment
Climate change is already a major contributing factor in disasters around the world and accounting for it in emergency preparedness is becoming increasingly important.
For example, structures will have to be adapted to survive higher temperatures with longer dry spells in some areas. Taking preventative measures is the key to minimizing damages.
In this session, you will hear more about climate trends, possible changes in different areas and suggestions for emergency preparedness for natural disasters.