Preparing for a Medical Emergency
To prepare for the arrival of the 6,500 Special Olympics World Games athletes, Kaiser Permanente physicians are participating in a series of trial runs. Recently, the Medical Command Center was on display in Pasadena as physicians and Kaiser Permanente employees tested state of the art technology and responded to mock-simulations. These training drills included medical and emergency response drills, training volunteers through the use of an innovative e-learning tool, and testing other emergency response procedures using state-of-the-art technology.
During the World Games, Kaiser Permanente physicians will manage 4 medical hubs to deliver sideline medical care to the athletes. Kaiser Permanente physicians have been preparing for the athlete's arrival for almost two years. These preparations include recent care symposiums, covering topics ranging from the care needs for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities to assessing the unique needs of Special Olympics athletes.
News crews from local television affiliates KTLA, KABC, and Telemundo were also on hand during the training.