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National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Drill

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A nurse at the Murfreesboro Campus Emergency Department triages a volunteer patient during a National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) April 10.

A nurse at the Murfreesboro Campus Emergency Department triages a volunteer patient during a National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) April 10.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

VA TVHS conducted a drill April 10 of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to test the health system’s ability to operate in the event of a disaster.

The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) is a federally coordinated system that augments the Nation's medical response capability.  The overall purpose of the NDMS is to supplement an integrated National medical response capability for assisting State and local authorities in dealing with the medical impacts of major peacetime disasters and to provide support to the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs medical systems in caring for casualties evacuated back to the U.S. from overseas armed conventional conflicts.

During the event, volunteers were triaged and provided care based on scenarios that are common during disaster. The exercise was based around the occurrence of a major earthquake striking the greater Memphis area.

The event was a successful exercise.