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Poster Presentation
June 2010

Upgrading Emergency Planning Tabletop Exercises

Mooney, J & Driscoll, P & Griffiths, L 2010, 'Upgrading Emergency Planning Tabletop Exercises', Exhibited at: The 13th International Conference on Emergency Medicine, Singapore, Singapore, From 09/06/2010 To 12/06/2010.



Paper-based tabletop exercises are a globally accepted mainstay of Emergency Planning teaching and simulation. We describe the use of an electronic alternative that can enhance functionality within teaching and planning scenarios locally and internationally.



We developed a low-cost, software package to facilitate Emergency Planning tabletop exercises. This allowed work to be recorded and was easily adapted to create bespoke training scenarios, with purpose-built functionality, located in specific environments within premises that are presently under construction. A locally used example being a model built for the new Emergency Department at Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This was compiled to examine patient flow from both clinical and managerial perspectives. An international example is a collaborative project that has produced a preliminary model for the Green Point stadium in Cape Town to be used by the medical team covering the football World Cup events within this venue. Acceptance and usability of this software is being assessed via data collected observationally and through retrospective questionnaire completion.



This remains a work in progress with data collection ongoing from these projects. However, initial acceptance and usability testing has seen positive results. The level of adaptability this technology offers across the expanding spectrum of Emergency Planning training needs (e.g. tailoring exercises to real locations) has been met with resoundingly positive feedack.



By developing new bespoke Emergency Planning tabletop software from an Emergency Medicine perspective we have been able to produce unique products permitting the functionality that allows people to safely train within their own work environment. This approach has generated a number of research opportunities that are being pursued and developed with the data generated through software assessment. Future work with this innovative technology will include updating tabletop exercises used nationally and internationally in Major Incident education.


SEEK Members

External Authors

Pete Driscoll

Jane Mooney

Publication Details

Exhibited At
The 13th International Conference on Emergency Medicine, Singapore, Singapore

From 09/06/2010 to 12/06/2010.