On Friday, October 5, 2018 about forty Eastern Tech Academy of Health Professions/Allied Health students participated in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Full Scale Mock Disaster Drill, Emergency Response Program & Triage at Patterson Park. Practice events, such as the one attended by ET students, are designed to practice crucial preparedness for large scale health emergencies. Eastern Teach Allied Health Professions coordinator, Amy Magladry, clarified, “Health organizations may have preparedness and contingency plans, yet only when these plans are put to a test through drills can managers determine gaps and areas that needed strengthening.” Magladry added, “Emergency exercises are activities designed to practice, develop, test and improve plans and procedures on how a hospital or health facility will respond to emergencies and disasters.” According to Magladry, the collection of such plans and procedures is also known as a hospital/ health facility emergency response plan and the emergency response plan is a prerequisite for conducting emergency exercises.
The emergency exercises that Magladry’s students took part in each contributed to the overarching goal of this drill, which was decontamination and trauma care. During the practice events, students volunteered to get “moulaged”—a term that applies to the treatment of mock injuries for training emergency response teams and other medical and military personnel. Additionally, Magladry added, “students enjoyed interacting with the Johns Hopkins Hospital Staff as well as seeing real life scenarios that they may be encountering themselves as prospective medical professionals.”