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LLIS Lesson Learned: Emergency Planning: Developing Triggers for Activating Statewide Burn Disaster Response Plans   [open pdf - 52KB]

"The US Department of Health and Human Services sponsored and conducted the New York Statewide Burn Disaster Response Plan Tabletop Exercise (TTX) in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health, Health Emergency Preparedness Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program in Brooklyn, New York, on January 29, 2009. Personnel from 23 state, local, and private sector health organizations and hospitals participated in the TTX. The TTX was conducted in two sessions, one for the New York City participants and another for upstate New York participants. TTX goals included the assessment, review, and validation of key concepts and capabilities outlined in the New York Statewide Burn Disaster Response Plan. The TTX tested the statewide medical surge and communications capabilities in response to an incident involving a large number of burn victims in upstate New York and New York City. The upstate New York exercise scenario simulated a fire in the Finger Lakes area that resulted in 300 victims, of which 50 experienced significant burns. The New York City exercise scenario simulated 400 victims, of which 100 experienced significant burns, after a large fire at a nightclub in New York City's East Village. […] State and local health officials should consider developing triggers for activating the statewide burn disaster response plan. This can streamline the decision process for activating the state burn plan."

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