Medical/Dental Professionals

Full-Scale Emergency Preparedness Exercise Results in Rapid Response

Kaleida Health participated in the University at Buffalo's full-scale emergency training exercise on Thursday, July 25 that took place at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and throughout the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

UB's Emergency Management department collaborated with local, state and federal emergency responders as well as Kaleida Health and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to conduct a full-scale emergency exercise designed to ensure the coordinated, timely and effective response and recovery in the event of a campus crisis.

The emergency departments at Oishei Children's Hospital and Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute were selected as the designated EDs for the drill.

The exercise took place from approximately 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 25 with a simulated explosion at UB as well as two active shooter suspects dispersing on the BNMC. EMS responders set up a safe triage site and conducted pre-hospital care of victims at the scene, portrayed by actor volunteers in full makeup portraying mock injuries.

The 30 plus injured actors were transported to the OCH and BGMC/GVI Emergency Departments where nurses and physicians were staffed and ready. The ED, Trauma Department and STAT teams treated the exercise as a real life event, triaging and treating patients, communicating with Kaleida Health’s Emergency Management team in the command center and critical units including: blood supply, imaging, inpatient units, security and EMS.