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Delaware Division of Public Health, hospitals to practice treating overflow emergency room crowds

Delaware Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health (DPH) will conduct a large-scale disaster exercise called “Operation Diamond Shield II ” June 22-25 at locations throughout the state. The simulation will demonstrate the state’s ability to rapidly direct and treat large numbers of sick Delawareans. The exercise will test how well DPH’s Preparedness Section works with public and private responders to a health emergency. Evaluators will study how the state’s hospitals accept, assess and treat large numbers of volunteer patients, and how Acute Care Centers are established under emergency conditions. Acute Care Centers are created outside of hospital settings so the sick and injured can report there instead of hospital emergency rooms. Full StoryEvaluators will assess the responsiveness and efficiency of emergency responders, epidemiologists and laboratory workers. Several agencies are expected to participate in “Operation Diamond Shield II,” including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Delaware hospitals and the Division of Public Health.

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