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Kings Country Hospital prepares for next pandemic

Sean Studer, MD, chief of medicine and the simulation team.
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Wearing appropriate protective equipment and headgear, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County staff conducted an emergency response simulation and training event inside a Mobile Satellite Emergency Department (MSED).

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County said the MSED tractor-trailer, which is a seven-bed Emergency Room on wheels, was stationed outside the hospital last week and used to simulate an alternate care site, where patients would be treated in the event of a pandemic outbreak in New York City.

The mobile ED, which also includes a large tent where patients can be triaged, has been deployed to other hospitals and locations locally and regionally to support public access to general and emergency care, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County said.

In a mass emergency event, it said the mobile unit would be used to support and ensure readiness for an unexpected influx of patients presenting with emergency needs.

“This simulation event was the result of the great collaboration between the System-wide Special Pathogens Program, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County and the Simulation Center,” said Sean Studer, MD, Chief of Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County.

Bringing the two groups together to use this kind of high technology for an event like this in a simulation setting really shows how everyone can collaborate to produce great outcomes and hone our readiness for emergency events such as a disease outbreak,” he added.

The simulation was led by Syra Madad, DHSc, senior director of the System-wide Special Pathogens Program at NYC Health + Hospitals, and Studer.

Other Kings County staff who participated in the simulation were Drs. Sneha Topgi, Eunhae Park, Miguel Martinez and Michael Post.

Updated 11:02 am, February 6, 2019
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