Disaster Medical Teams

RDHRS Hospital-Hosted Disaster Medical Teams

The Region 1 RDHRS has established hospital-hosted DMT model with numerous supporting materials, provides one possible framework for other hospitals and states to replicate more easily. One benefit of basing a DMT at a hospital is its access to a wide range of clinical specialties. Through a simple contracting agreement between any state government and the host hospital, such as an MOU, appropriate personnel may be rapidly mobilized and quickly deployed.

 


 

R1 RDHRS DMT Mission Assignments

The R1 RDHRS has developed a common list of standard mission assignments and mission ready packages to facilitate standardization of DMT response that can be met by Health and Medical Task Force (HMTF) 7, 14 or 35-person teams.

 

Triage/Pre-Hospital Care

The sorting, evaluation, and initial lifesaving interventions and stabilization of casualties for purposes of evacuation based on seriousness of illness/injury and likelihood of survival.

 

Base of Operations (BoO), Emergency Department Decompression or General Emergency Medical Care

Provide appropriate acute stabilization care equivalent to the services of a basic hospital emergency department. Utilize a mobile field set-up, could be located on hospital property decompressing the facility by reducing the patient flow into hospital emergency department or a standalone field set-up in another location.

 

Shelter Support / General Medical Care

The provision of primary care services in a shelter or other environment where access to usual care is compromised or unavailable to the population.

 

Hospital Augmentation – Specialty Care

Medical care within the walls of an existing hospital infrastructure when the community is unable to support such care due to a lack of providers or other factors.

 

Administration of Mass Prophylaxis

The provision of vaccination or prophylaxis in support of public health disease control efforts.

 

Medical Support for Pre-planned Mass Gatherings

Pre-staging for a mass gathering event to conduct casualty sorting, evaluation, and initial lifesaving interventions and stabilization for purposes of evacuation based on seriousness of illness/injury and likelihood of survival. In addition to general medical care and basic first aid.

 

Healthcare Needs Assessment by subject-matter-experts

The capability to conduct a rapid needs assessment pertaining to the healthcare infrastructure after an incident in collaboration with responding agencies as well as local and state emergency preparedness professionals.

 

Support of Patient Movement

The activities required to assess, stabilize, and prepare patients for transportation at a departure point (e.g., airhead, Pre-storm, 24-48hr facility evacuation).

 

 

For more information about our DMT model, please see our DMT One Pager