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Isle of Wight Ambulance Service Leads Multi-Agency Exercise

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Isle of Wight Ambulance Service Leads Multi-Agency Exercise
23 November 2022

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service (IWAS) ran another successful and ambitious large-scale night exercise yesterday evening (22 November) at the Isle of Wight Military Museum in Northwood.

The exercise simulated an incident where all emergency services worked together to respond, triage and treat multiple causalities at night.

This year’s exercise involved simulating an incident at a public event with an assailant injuring a number of people, resulting in a number of major and minor casualties.

The incident was allowed to evolve in real-time and required police, ambulance service, critical care teams, Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), HM Coastguard ground teams the HM Coastguard Rescue 175 helicopter teams, along with the IOW NHS Trust Emergency Department, to work in close coordination.

Dr John Pike, Isle of Wight Ambulance Service Medical Lead, said:  “We have made huge strides in developing our critical care services on the Isle of Wight in the last two years. Running an annual exercise of this nature is the best way of ensuring our plans are robust if the need arises to respond to an incident where large number of casualties and bystanders are involved. Our aim is to provide the most realistic possible scenario where every service works together but it is not based on a real event.

“Working in this way greatly strengthens our response to real emergencies and ensures we are fully prepared across the whole Isle of Wight emergency care landscape.  We are very grateful to the Military Museum and to all our partners and volunteers in helping us run such as innovative and realistic scenario.”

Richard Corbett, Chief Executive of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, added: “To achieve the best possible outcome for our patients, we rely on working collaboratively and efficiently with our emergency service colleagues. Intense and realistic simulations such as these allow the teams to come together and pass on their varied skills and experience.”

Having undergone a period of enhanced training alongside local and regional partners, IOW paramedics were examined in delivery of an enhanced set of trauma and critical care management skills.  Our staff volunteer to support these events on their days off as part of their training. The scenario also tested complex decision making and communication within and between different agencies and stress-tested both clinical and operational skills and systems.

Building on the award-winning success of the first High-Flame exercise in 2021, the Isle of Wight ambulance service aims to be a national leader in multi-agency pre-hospital simulation, providing the most comprehensively rehearsed response to significant incidents.

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