2017 AHC/NCAL Annual Convention & Expo

OPERATION JESSE - A Case Study in the Use of Human Patient Simulator Technology to Enhance Emergency Preparedness Exercises within Long Term Care Facilities

Monday, October 16
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Breakers G-I
CE: Nurses: 1.5 | NAB: 1.5

The need for competency-based emergency preparedness training within healthcare facilities continues to grow as our nation continues to face man-made and natural disasters with enormous potential for negative impact on the entire healthcare continuum. Moreover, the entire healthcare continuum must prepare for catastrophic public health events that may prove to have even more profound negative effects on the entire healthcare system. In particular, long term care facilities are responsible for the care of the at-risk frail elderly population who are especially vulnerable to catastrophic health events. These individuals often have extremely limited capacity to function and cope with even minimal stress and often suffer higher morbidity and mortality rates than the general population during disaster events.

All too often, drills and exercises conducted within long term care facilities are diluted due to time constraints, lack of expertise, and the lack of imagination. The use of patient simulators during full scare exercises offers the closest facsimile to actual patient care and provides the best opportunity for learners to practice their critical thinking and patient care skills without threat of harm.

The Operation Jesse exercise utilized human patient simulator technology to test employee readiness to identify, safely respond to, and effectively treat realistic medical conditions that might be encountered during the evacuation and medical surge of a long term care facility. The exercise was also designed to validate effective patient tracking systems, patient triage, implementation of the Incident Command System, and emergency communications using amateur radio.

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J. David Weidner

Director, Emergency Management
Health Care Association of New Jersey

J. David Weidner serves as the Director of Emergency Management for the Health Care Association of New Jersey. Mr. Weidner is responsible for all-hazards emergency preparedness, exercise design, planning, emergency communications and response in support of over 400 long term care facilities across New Jersey. He is a graduate of FEMA’s Master Exercise Practitioner Program and Advanced Academy, as well as a Certified Emergency Manager.

Mr. Weidner earned a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Public Health Administration from Rutgers University, and his Master of Public Health (MPH) in Environmental Health from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

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