TU disaster drill to hone students', professionals' responder skills

Operation STAT to feature realistic 'victims'

TOWSON, Md. (April 13, 2009)—
TU student volunteers will be made up to look like disaster victims. A Humvee ambulance will be stationed outside Burdick Hall. An Army helicopter will hover overhead. Stretchers will be carried into a triage area, and cots will be filled with hundreds of “victims” of a simulated mass casualty. That's what the campus community can expect when Operation STAT takes place here on Fri., Apr. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


This drill, based in Burdick Hall and named Operation STAT, is based on a scenario involving a tornado striking the campus. It is the second such drill undertaken by the university’s College of Health Professions.


Associate Dean Marcie Weinstein said, "This mass casualty exercise will provide our nursing and other health professions students an invaluable opportunity to gain ‘hands-on’ experience in first responder activities that most health professionals don’t get until the real emergency strikes.”


Also participating in the drill as an exercise in sharpening and maintaining emergency readiness will be clinicians from the Maryland Defense Force (MDDF), a uniformed military agency of volunteers under the Adjutant General of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Mental Hygiene (DHMH). Representatives of the mortuary profession and mental health professionals are expected to take part in the drill. The 58th Troop Command of the Maryland Army National Guard will support the exercise with equipment and supplies.






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