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Evaluation of medical command and control using performance indicators in a full-scale, major aircraft accident exercise.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20467989     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Large, functional, disaster exercises are expensive to plan and execute, and often are difficult to evaluate objectively. Command and control in disaster medicine organizations can benefit from objective results from disaster exercises to identify areas that must be improved.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this pilot study was to examine if it is possible to use performance indicators for documentation and evaluation of medical command and control in a full-scale major incident exercise at two levels: (1) local level (scene of the incident and hospital); and (2) strategic level of command and control. Staff procedure skills also were evaluated.
METHODS: Trained observers were placed in each of the three command and control locations. These observers recorded and scored the performance of command and control using templates of performance indicators. The observers scored the level of performance by awarding 2, 1, or 0 points according to the template and evaluated content and timing of decisions. Results from 11 performance indicators were recorded at each template and scores greater than 11 were considered as acceptable.
RESULTS: Prehospital command and control had the lowest score. This also was expressed by problems at the scene of the incident. The scores in management and staff skills were at the strategic level 15 and 17, respectively; and at the hospital level, 17 and 21, respectively.
CONCLUSIONS: It is possible to use performance indicators in a full-scale, major incident exercise for evaluation of medical command and control. The results could be used to compare similar exercises and evaluate real incidents in the future.
Dan Gryth; Monica Rådestad; Heléne Nilsson; Ola Nerf; Leif Svensson; Maaret Castrén; Anders Rüter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prehospital and disaster medicine     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1049-023X     ISO Abbreviation:  Prehosp Disaster Med     Publication Date:    2010 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-14     Completed Date:  2010-07-16     Revised Date:  2011-12-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8918173     Medline TA:  Prehosp Disaster Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  118-23     Citation Subset:  T    
Department of Clinical Science and Education, Söderjukhuset, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Prehospital Centre, Stockholm, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Aviation*
Decision Making, Organizational
Disaster Planning / methods*
Emergency Medical Services / organization & administration*
Mass Casualty Incidents*
Patient Simulation
Pilot Projects
Process Assessment (Health Care) / methods*
Quality Indicators, Health Care*
Comment In:
Prehosp Disaster Med. 2010 Mar-Apr;25(2):124-5   [PMID:  20467990 ]

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