Operation Team Spirit: After Action Report/Improvement Plan: Morton, MN, May 29-30, 2014   [open pdf - 435KB]

"In the face of a disaster, the entire community is impacted. This impact can be readily felt especially in rural communities where resources to respond are limited. The destruction of the community's hospital can add to the stress upon other community medical providers and first responders. Providing field health and medical resources to replace the destroyed hospital's ability to care for victims and other medical needs is complex and requires significant coordination. In addition, managing fatalities in a small community can be extremely difficult without external support. The success is dependent on the effectiveness of procedures, communications, relationships, community emergency responders and cooperation/coordination with all responding partners and assets. The focus of this particular exercise was to evaluate the operations of an austere field medical system that has been set up to provide care to the community that has been impacted. Participants were evaluated on emergency reporting activity, communications, patient tracking, and influx/surge coordination among care areas. The full scale exercise provided an excellent opportunity to engage the participation of every member of the 16 county Southwest Minnesota region. The participants were able to see the results of the extensive planning, education, training, and data collection. The exercise was conducted in three rounds, each approximately 75 minutes. Evaluators were placed in each of the care areas, and two evaluators roamed throughout the entire system. Role players/victims were asked to provide evaluation and feedback on their experience as they were sent to various care areas for treatment/assistance."

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The paper is the result of the Operation: Team Spirit Exercise that took place on May 29 and 30, 2014.
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