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EMS and hospital personnel practice emergency mobile care setup

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Emergency medical services and hospital personnel from nine counties convened at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Wednesday to practice setting up a “mobile medical asset.”

The drill included setting up three sections of medical equipment, which would serve as a temporary minor emergency care area in the event an area hospital had to be shut down or was overfilled to capacity due to a disaster.

Generally, the mobile medical asset functions a lot like a MASH unit, providing minor treatment as could be administered at a level 4 medical center. The unit does not have an operating area or X-ray machine; patients requiring those services would be transported to another critical care facility. But, the unit would have basic medications, a cardiac monitor, suture equipment, the ability to stabilize a fracture and provide minor emergency care for up to 36 patients, according to Russell VanBibber, communications supervisor at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, assistant treasurer on the North East Texas Regional Advisory Council executive board.

The training is held at least once, and ideally twice, annually to prepare participating  hospital and EMS personnel within the 9 county Ark-Tex Council of Governments area in setting up and getting an MMA going in a timely order. The unit should be able to mobilize and set up within four hours.

MMAs are activated in hospital parking lots or at a location near a hospital in areas in which a hospital is out of service due to natural disasters such as tornadoes or weather that knocks the power out for lengthy periods of time, or is overwhelmed due to disasters. These units are for the nine ATCOG counties of Bowie, Cass, Morris, Titus, Hopkins, Delta, Lamar and Red River in Texas and Miller County, Ark. However, if needed, they could be dispatched anywhere in the state, according to Mark Mallory, a founding member of NETRAC, past chair and current vice-chair of NETRAC as well as director of EMS and Cardiac Rehabilitation at Titus Regional Medical Center.

The program is funded through ATCOG, with assets purchases utilizing Health Resources and Services Administration funds.

Among the participants in Wednesday’s training session were representatives from Titus Regional Medical Center-Mount Pleasant, Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, Wadley Regional Medical Center-Texarkana, Good Shepherd Medical Center-Linden, Titus EMS, Hopkins County EMS, Life Net-Texarkana, Champion EMS and Texas Department of State Health Services.

For more information about Northeast Texas Regional Advisory Council-Area F go to the group’s website: www.netrac.org.




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