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New Directions

Issue: Winter 2009 - 2010

Lost Person Finder Technology Featured During Disaster Drill

Pictures of disaster victims are posted to a Web site where family and friends can search for them.

More than 5,000 people participated in the 5th Annual Collaborative Multi-Agency Exercise (CMAX-09), hosted by the Bethesda Hospitals' Emergency Preparedness Partnership (BHEPP). The partnership is a first-of-its-kind collaboration that links military, Federal, local, and private mass disaster medical response efforts within the National Capital Area and includes Suburban Hospital, the National Naval Medical Center; NIH Clinical Center, and the National Library of Medicine.


CMAX-09 provided the opportunity to demonstrate several disaster information management tools aimed at sustaining communications between command centers, reuniting families with loved ones, and improving patient records management in a disaster. Additionally, Suburban Hospital tested new equipment that would be used to evacuate non-ambulatory patients safely in the event of a disaster.


A dramatic new video produced by Visual Information Directnote, Navy Medicine Support Command in Bethesda, demonstrates the effectiveness of the new technologies in the event of a real disaster.     


TO LEARN MORE | To view the video, visit www.suburbanhospital.org/Emergency/EmergPreparedness.aspx.



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