VIDEO: Mock Patients Airlifted to Maui as Part of RIMPACJuly 20, 2012, 4:53 PM HST · Updated July 20, 5:14 PM 0 Comments
By Wendy Osher
Mock patients were airlifted to Maui Memorial Medical Center today as part of the international RIMPAC disaster response training exercises being conducted in Hawai’i.
The disaster response drill is jointly managed by Healthcare Association of Hawai’i and Tripler Army Medical Center.
This is the first time that US hospitals have participated in RIMPAC, and MMMC was the only neighbor island hospital to be a part of the drill.
The exercise involved the US Navy Seahawk helicopter transport of four mock patients from ‘Oahu to Maui.
Upon landing at the MMMC helipad, the “patients” were taken to the MMMC Emergency Department where doctors and staff were standing by to treat them for their simulated injuries.
“We were excited to be a part of RIMPAC and this drill,” said Wesley Lo, Maui Region Chief Executive Officer. “Our team consisted of many departments working collaboratively to insure that it went off smoothly.”
Under the mock scenario, response crews assisted in the aftermath of a hypothetical 9.0 Chilean earthquake that generated a massive tsunami, damaging coastal infrastructure with injuries and loss of life.
The RIMPAC exercises take place every two years in Hawaiian waters and includes the participation of 22 nations who use the drills to refine joint operations.
Supporting joint nation maritime forces participate in the exercise to refine ways of reduce human suffering and assist with short-term recovery.