'MASH'-type unit, decontamination training conducted by Community Hospital

Friday, March 13, 2015
A Mobile Medical Asset unit (MMA), similar to a "MASH"-type unit is set up at Community Hospital recently as several facilities and agencies practice disaster planning. The MMA would allow medical providers to set up an alternative care site or add additional beds to a current site, during a disaster. (Community Hospital photo)

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Community Hospital in conjunction with several regional facilities and agencies, recently participated in setting up a Mobile Medical Asset Unit at the hospital.

MMAs are "MASH"-type units which could be used if a facility would have to evacuate patients, set up an alternative care site due to an influx of patients as the result of a mass causality incident, or other internal or external event. They are available to assist hospitals, nursing homes and health departments.

Two MMA's are available in southwest Nebraska, each consisting of 20 beds.

Rhonda Ridlen, left, Stacey Aguilar and Jasmine Pritchett practice providing care for a non-ambulatory patient while wearing personal protective equipment during a recent HazMat training exercise at Community Hospital. (Community Hospital photo)

Participating in the drill in addition to Community Hospital staff, were Perkins County Health Services, Grant; Great Plains Health, North Platte; Chase County Community Hospital, Imperial; and Hillcrest Nursing Home, McCook.

Attendees unloaded and set up the supplies from the MMA practice trailer and discussed various topics including weight limits, expiration dates and personnel job assignments, along with the process necessary to request a MMA. Participants learned how much room and man-power it would require to set up a unit.

HazMat Decon Team Training

Rachel Berry, left, Stacey Aguilar and Derek Sailors practice technical decon procedures, which would be performed on decon team members after completing their rotation of patient decontamination during a HazMat event. (Community Hospital photo)

In addition to training with the MMA, Community Hospital staff conducted annual HazMat decon team training this month. The hospital's 35-member decon team practiced donning and doffing personal protective equipment, lanes training (for ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients) and technical decon.

Additional training will be conducted this spring to learn to set up a mobile decon trailer which can be used for ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients. The trailer utilizes a roller system for non-ambulatory patients. A full scale exercise to test the learned skills of the team members will be held later in the year.

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  • McCook is blessed to have such a great hospital.

    -- Posted by dennis on Sat, Mar 14, 2015, at 11:19 AM
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