Media Invitation - Pandemic outbreak scenario to test efficacy of utilizing college students to administer vaccines

    TORONTO, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - Are Ontario's hospitals ready for a mysterious
flu outbreak sweeping Asia and Europe? On Saturday, Nov. 3, a staged exercise
will test the ability of hospital workers and students to deal with a
fictional, unknown organism that could potentially overwhelm hospital
    This simulation is intended to show health care professionals how to
manage the effects of a pandemic as well as demonstrate how college students
can be utilized to staff immunization clinics for non-urgent patients.
Participants will include St. Michael's Hospital staff, physicians, nurses,
allied health professionals, security, social work and other crisis support
planners, as well as hospital administrators, risk managers and educators.
    The live mass-casualty exercise is part of a two-day conference that will
examine key issues Ontario hospitals and their communities may face during a
pandemic. Topics include the role of personal protective equipment for health
care providers, methods to help people manage at home, and how difficult
decisions around resource rationing will have to be made. Presentations will
cover telehomecare, telehealth, virtual command centres and media as partners
in these efforts.
    The Centennial HP Science and Technology Centre will function as a
simulated hospital for the live exercise. Students will role play as well as
work as non-urgent clinic personnel. Students from Centennial College, George
Brown College, The Michener Institute, the University of Toronto and Ryerson
University will be working alongside health care professionals in this
chillingly realistic simulation.

    Media are invited to witness this unique exercise and speak with

    Date:     Saturday, Nov. 3

    Time:     9:30 am to 12:30 pm for the live exercise

    Location: Centennial HP Science and Technology Centre
              755 Morningside Ave. at Ellesmere (just south of Hwy 401),
              Scarborough, ON

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications
Officer, Centennial College, (416) 289-5000, ext. 7142 or (416) 605-6012,

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