DVIDS – News – ‘Bloodnado 2022’ exercise prepares blood bank staff for natural disaster response

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC – Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune’s Emergency Management hosted a disaster preparedness tabletop exercise within the NMCCL Blood Bank to test personnel’s ability to continue critical care during natural disasters.

Blood bank procedures were given special attention during the Feb. 3 exercise, aptly named “Bloodnado 2022.” The exercise simulated a tornado impacting Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, which resulted in the medical center hypothetically having limited emergency power from generators. The blood bank lost power during the simulation and had to move equipment to another location in the medical center to store blood in case of an emergency.

NMCCL Emergency Manager Mark Starnes briefed participants on the purpose and objective of the exercise. According to Starnes, the ability of personnel to transport and use blood after destructive incidents is crucial to mission readiness.

“We are preparing the blood bank for continuous missions. If they had an incident that rendered their lab inoperable or parts of the hospital inoperable,” Starnes said, “they could pick up and move to another section of the medical center to continue the emergency mission until ’til we know how to get the lab back to normal or facilitate another lab outside to continue the mission for us.

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Matthew Jeffers, NMCCL Deputy Emergency Manager, organized the information needed for the practice scenario.

“If you perform an exercise and repeat the exercise, you gain muscle memory,” Jeffers said. “In terms of natural disaster drills, planning and learning from our mistakes, it’s a constant thing. We plan for active shooters, mass casualties, natural disasters, hurricanes and tornadoes.”

After completing the exercise, participants completed after-action feedback forms, which are used to provide recommendations on how to improve medical center procedures for the next incident or live exercise.

Date taken: 02.03.2022
Date posted: 02.07.2022 12:58
Story ID: 414180
Site: CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina, USA

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