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Did the participants of the mass fatality exercise Operation Torch learn anything?
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PMID:  21279706     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
There are a number of reasons why facilitating and participating in a mass fatality exercise may be viewed as continuous professional development for those ultimately engaged in the response to a mass fatality incident. These include, amongst other objectives; team integration, organization and preparedness, psychological and emotional effects, developing attitudes and behavioral responses as well as testing infrastructure, equipment, command and control. The objectives of attending an exercise from a player or observers point of view however may be completely different to those planning and running an exercise. This was identified at the exercise Operation Torch. The paper illustrates this and questions whether these two separate purposes can be fully achieved in one exercise. It puts forward proposals to assist exercise planners identify, plan, exercise, evaluate and implement both capability gap or educational exercises by assisting planners to deliver the purpose of the exercise which needs to be decided at the early stage of planning. It makes recommendations for the need for a national mass fatality exercise database to ensure that the correct exercise is delivered and a wider audience can be informed of the exercise outcome.
Authors:
Guy N Rutty; Jane E Rutty
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science, medicine, and pathology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1556-2891     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-1-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101236111     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Med Pathol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, LE2 7LX, UK, gnr3@le.ac.uk.
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