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Pandemic Influenza Response: Ketchikan's Alternate Care Site Exercise

March 20, 2007. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, a panel of presenters from Alaska provides insights into Ketchikan’s exercise for the benefit of those striving to prepare for pandemic influenza and other disasters.

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Infectious Disease & Immunizations

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Description

In October of 2006, the community of Ketchikan, Alaska held an emergency preparedness exercise that included two Alternate Care Site scenarios. Ketchikan created and staffed a 20-bed site for influenza patients and a "walking wounded" site for overflow triaged patients from the hospital emergency room. In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, a panel of presenters from Alaska provides insights into Ketchikan’s exercise for the benefit of those striving to prepare for pandemic influenza and other disasters.

Air date: March 20, 2007

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the planning process required to supply and staff an Alternate Care Site
  • List the staffing challenges of operating an Alternate Care Site
  • Discuss lessons learned in Ketchikan's Alternate Care Site exercise

Intended Audience

Hospital administrators and managers; Community emergency management staff; Public health planners and staff

Slides

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Infectious Disease & Immunizations

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Presenter

Bev Crum, RN, Certified Nurse Administrator (Basic), has worked in nursing for over 30 years. She has served as the Emergency Department Manager at Ketchikan General Hospital for 28 years, and is a constant advocate for emergency preparedness both in the hospital and in the community. She is also a member of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association workgroup for Emergency Preparedness.

Jim Hill, Assistant Fire Chief for the Ketchikan Fire Department, has been a member of the fire service for 28 years. When he worked for the West Valley Fire Department in Utah, Jim developed response protocols for the 2002 Winter Olympics, creating CBRNE and terrorism response plans. He has worked with numerous agencies including Public Health, the FBI, and the United States Secret Service as part of the initial hazmat response (JHAT).

Deb Jepsen, RN, BSN, has worked for the past 24 years as a Public Health Nurse for the State of Alaska in Ketchikan and Fairbanks. She is the team leader of the Public Health Nursing staff at the Ketchikan Public Health Center. Although her primary focus is maternal-child health, she has recently taken an active role in preparedness activities and is a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Jana Towne, RN, is the Director of Nursing and Allied Health for the Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health Clinic. She has worked as a nurse for over 15 years, with the majority of these years spent serving Alaska Native and American Indians as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service (PHS) within the Indian Health Service.

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