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Region 14 Hospital Preparedness Coalition Hosts PPE Training

Region 14 Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (HPC) recently held personal protective equipment (PPE) training specific to Ebola.  A paramedic and two infection control prevention specialists who attended the statewide PPE train-the-trainer course in Lexington led the training.

Hospital staff learned to properly put on and take off PPE.  Following a slide presentation and video demonstrations, participants using buddy system practiced putting on and taking off PPE they provided from their facilities to ensure familiarity with these items in the event of a real incident. Unique and innovative ideas were offered for retrofitting available material to replace unavailable PPE. One idea is to use a plastic rain poncho in place of a hood. The Region 14 HPC member who offered this idea removed the body of a rain poncho, leaving just the poncho hood and flap to serve as a hood and cut sleeves off old gowns and used gown tie to make leg covers. Another facility will use inexpensive, reusable clog-type shoes to prevent contamination of responders' personal shoes. These clogs will be included in the PPE packets for the Ebola team and, after use, disinfected and reused as needed.

To ensure all the necessary documentation is collected in an actual incident, one facility prepared clipboards with checklists and employee occurrence sheets so they are readily available.  All HPC members present learned a great deal at this training session. A second training is planned. 

CASPER was Cold but Successful

The Green River District Health Department conducted community assessment for public health emergency response (CASPER) surveys Nov. 14-15 and 21– 22. More than 45 people including local staff, volunteers and state representatives helped conduct the survey across the entire Green River district which includes Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster counties in Kentucky.

Region 3 Hosts Animal and Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness for Owners

Henderson County EMA and Region 3 RPC hosted their second annual presentation on Animals Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness for Owners Nov. 6.

Sixteen newly graduated community emergency response team members attended this three-hour training designed to increase awareness and preparedness among animal owners and care providers.

The presentation included sections on why animal issues are an important consideration in emergency management and public health, typical hazards, how these affect animals and what can be done by responsible owners to reduce the impact of disasters.


Fivco Participates in Ebola Tabletop

Several response agencies in the Fivco region participated in an Ebola tabletop exercise and informational session Nov. 6 at the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department. Agencies represented were Ashland-Boyd County Health Department, Greenup County Health Department, Lawrence County Health Department, Little Sandy District Health Department, Kings Daughters Medical Center, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Three Rivers Medical Center, federal prison medical staff, Ashland Police Department, Pathways (mental health), Boyd County Schools, Marathon Petroleum Refinery medical staff, Ironton, OH City Health Department and Lawrence County OH EMS.
The tabletop exercise and informational session were facilitated by Kristy Bolen, Fivco senior regional epidemiologist. The exercise portion was evaluated by Fivco RPC John Hunt and Region 10 HPC coordinator Sharon Fields. The KDPH Kentucky Ebola TTX 2.0 exercise materials were used for the tabletop portion of the meeting.
During both sessions, agencies talked through issues that could hamper a response to an Ebola patient such as PPE and communication. Many agencies got answers to question about Ebola response. This meeting greatly improved the Fivco area’s ability to respond to an Ebola patient and helped improve the relationships among the regional epidemiologist, regional preparedness coordinator, healthcare planning coordinator and the agencies represented.


Last Updated 2/2/2015