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Story from the Field


Name of Health Department/Agency: MRC of Southwest Colorado
State: CO
Date Added: 01/25/2010
Themes: Communications - General H1N1
Issue Summary: Medical Reserve Corps activities during the H1N1 flu pandemic
Description of Issue(s):

During the period of April 2009 through December 2009, the Medical Reserve Corps of Southwest Colorado, assisting San Juan Basin Health Department, participated in various public health initiatives resulting from the declared H1N1 Flu Pandemic.

Actions taken to address the issue(s): The MRC provided staff to receive, repackage and distribute the strategic National Stockpile (SNS) of anti-viral prophylactics i.e. Tamiflu and Relenza to five regional counties and the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Nations.

MRC members trained in the N-95 fit testing "Train the Trainers" program by SJBH.

MRC is invited to serve on the Bayfield/Upper Pine River Fire District (UPFR) H1N1 Flu Task Force. SJBH and Bayfield/UPFR task force developed plans for UPFR to host Bayfield area POD vaccine clinics.

MRC members are trained by SJBH for the upcoming POD vaccine clinics.

Numerous meetings follow and planning accelerated as Pandemic developments occur.

Planning is completed for vaccine distribution. The first POD?s for Durango, Bayfield and Ignacio are scheduled for October 31, 2009 with completion scheduled for December 2009.

During events from April 6, 2009 thru December 12th, 2009 the MRC contributes staff as follows:

  • 18 Total Vaccine Clinics in Elementary, Middle and High Schools;
  • 6 at public health facilities.

MRC members served as Vaccinators, Screeners and Patient Check-in, SNS assistance, N-95 and POD Training and Planning.

26 Different MRC Medical and Support Members participated:

  • 5 MDs
  • 6 RNs
  • 2 EMTs
  • 13 Support Personnel

Total Man Hours: All Events 1016 hours

Outcomes that resulted from actions taken: The scope of this event provided excellent experience for our unit providing us an opportunity to work in a live ICS, tested our activation procedure and allowed us to observe our sustainability in a long duration event. It was also very rewarding for all who participated.

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