Emergency Preparedness Agenda 2018 – Spark Conferences

Emergency Preparedness Agenda 2018


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Lili Brylowski Nestor 
Specialist, Emergency and Disaster Management
Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS)

Stephanie Trowbridge 
Manager and Corporate Lead for Emergency Preparedness 
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH)

Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents in Your Community: Lessons Learned from the Orlando Night-Club and Las Vegas

The rise in mass casualty incidents (MCIs) creates increasing challenges for both surgeons and trauma systems in terms of adequately preparing for these crises.

This session will highlight real-world insights from surgeons who treated seriously injured patients as a result of two mass shooting: at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016 and  at an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017.

In this session you will:

  • Find out more about medical staff and first responder coordination
  • Review the unique challenges of caring for an influx of injured patients
  • Identify how to organize a well-functioning trauma system, prepared for mass casualty incidents (MCI) and disasters
  • Review the challenges of communicating with families when dealing with MCIs
  • Get an opportunity to ask your pressing questions

Dr. Michael Cheatham
Trauma Surgeon and Chief Surgical Quality Officer
Orlando (Florida) Regional Medical Center

Take 20 minutes to relax and network.

Active Shooter: Lessons from the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital

On June 30, 2017 a doctor opened fire at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York City, killing a doctor and wounding six people. The shooter was later identified as a family physician formerly employed by the hospital.

Session objectives:

  • Review unique challenges of an active shooter in a busy hospital
  • Identify strengths of hospital drills and how they can be improved
  • Understand unique challenges of a hospital lock-down
  • Review immediate and intermediate effects on hospital staff
  • Understand the inherent conflicts of escape and rescue in an acute care hospital

Rolling Out a Code Silver Exercise

Hospital emergency codes are critical in enabling hospital staff to ensure the safety and well-being of patients, visitors and other staff. Recently, Code Silver was added to the standardized list of emergency codes, and involves an emergency response specific to a violent situation involving a weapon.

At Trillium Health Partners (THC) the launch of Code Silver was supported by a hospital-wide communication and education plan, which included outlining policies and procedures at each of THP’s three hospital sites, unit huddles and initiatives to raise awareness on the roles of individuals during a Code Silver, which included a mock exercise with THP’s senior leadership team.

  • Find out more about Trillium Health Partners (THP) code silver mock exercise
  • How to convince senior leadership to do a full-scale Code Silver exercise

Simon Bridgland
Emergency Management Specialist
Trillium Health Partners (THP)

Andrew Moull
Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Scarborough and Rouge Hospital

Enjoy a 45-minute lunch break and this short presentation.

Ontario Strengthens Emergency Management Program

In this session, delegates will find out more about the review of Ontario’s emergency management system, which was completed in August 2017, and also about the new Ontario’s Emergency Management Action Plan, which includes initiatives such as:

  • Recruiting a dedicated Chief of Emergency Response Management
  • Reviewing and updating the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and the Provincial Emergency Response Plan in consultation with stakeholders so that they are consistent with national and international best practices
  • Supporting municipalities in accessing critical supplies and resources in an emergency by improving the supply chain and logistics program, by deploying emergency management software

Evacuating a Hospital

On May 3, 2016 the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta was evacuated due to raging wild fires. Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray had to evacuate all their patients.

On Sunday, November 5, 2017 fire damaged a south wing of St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, taking out its logistical and nutrition services areas. As a result, 96 of its 228 residents, all of whom were seniors and people with chronic illnesses, have to be evacuated.

In this session the speakers will share:

  • The events leading up to the evacuations
  • Their experiences with the evacuation of the hospitals and reactivation of operations

Lili Brylowski Nestor 
Specialist, Emergency and Disaster Management
Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS)

Cyberattacks – Health Care Industry an Inviting Target?

Hospitals have become giant building-sized computers with all the benefits and vulnerabilities that come with technology. The world recently witnessed the extent of these vulnerabilities firsthand when a ransomware attack known as WannaCry rapidly infected hospitals around the world, completely crippling many in England and Scotland. How was this possible?

In this session, learn:

  • Why it is up to everyone involved in the circle of care, from the boardroom to the server room, to do their part to ensure the security of technology and digital information
  • How to handle a ransomware attack
  • Concrete cybersecurity measures

Kevin Magee
Former Member of the Board of Directors
Brant Community Healthcare System

Dr. Jeff Curtis
Chief Privacy Officer
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

This interactive session will provide participants with the opportunity to network with peers and share emergency events that their hospital has experienced. In a round-table discussion, participants will share the lessons learned from these incidents and the actions planned or implemented to improve preparedness or mitigate future incidents.

The session aims to:

  • Foster discussion on successful strategies and tactics that supported the response and recovery of the incident
  • Have participants reflect on the lessons learned and how they would apply them to their own work environment

Lili Brylowski Nestor 
Specialist, Emergency and Disaster Management
Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS)

Stephanie Trowbridge 
Manager and Corporate Lead for Emergency Preparedness 
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH)

Climate change is already a major contributing factor in disasters around the world and accounting for it in emergency preparedness is becoming increasingly important.

For example: structures will have to be adapted to survive higher temperatures with longer dry spells in some areas. Taking preventative measures is the key to minimizing damages.

In this session you will hear more about climate trends, possible changes in different areas and suggestions for emergency preparedness for natural disasters.

Gordon McBean
President, International Council for Science
, Governing Council, Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability
ChairPolicy, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, Social Sciences Centre
Adjunct Research Professor, Departments of Geography and
Physics and Astronomy at Western University

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