BLU-MED 50-Bed Hospital Deployed for CAL EMSA Disaster Medical Response Exercise

A 50-bed section of the three California Emergency Management Agency’s (CAL EMSA) 200-bed BLU-MED mobile field hospital was deployed as part of a field exercise to test the agency’s readiness and response to a disaster.

“Although we plan and practice disaster response on paper, there is no substitute for putting people and equipment in action in a plausible scenario to ensure readiness,” said Dr. Howard Backer, EMSA Director.

Within 48 hours, the 50-bed BLU-MED mobile field hospital was erected, staffed and ready to begin treating patients.

The full article can be read here (PDF) or on the CAL EMSA website.

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