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Physician Disaster Preparedness Test

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1) During a major disaster, you’ve been notified that the hospital needs you to come in to assist with patient management. Where should you report? (See:

A) The Emergency Department
B) The Nuclear Medicine Department on the 1st floor
C) The auditorium on the 8th floor
D) The parking lot behind the Emergency Department

2) All the following “facts”, except one, are considered myths of disaster preparedness - widely held assumptions that have proven to be incorrect. Which is not a myth? (See:

A) Hospital disaster preparedness drills every 2 years meet minimum Federal requirements for readiness.
B) Federal, State, and Local government personnel will immediately respond to serious disasters, caring for the ill and injured.
C) All physicians require highly specialized training to respond competently in a disaster.
D) Disaster preparedness training will significantly improve a facility’s response to a disaster.

3) The person in charge of directing medical care during a major disaster is: (See:

A) The Chief of Staff.
B) The Emergency Department Director
C) The Medical/Technical Specialist
D) The Hospital Administrator

4) The acronym RIN, in relation to a decon disaster at CMH, refers to all the following recommended actions, except one. Which one? (See:

A) Make sure that all contaminated patients remain outside the facility.
B) Direct contaminated patients to the Emergency Department decontamination shower.
C) Recognize that a patient may be contaminated by a hazardous material that requires removal before treatment is begun.
D) Immediately contact hospital supervisory personnel to inform them of the problem.

5) In a Decon disaster at CMH, all physicians who report to the hospital to assist will have to be fitted with personal protective equipment (PPE) for their safety. (See:


6) The first question that’s broached in START triage is: (See:

A) Is there an adequate airway?
B) What is the heart rate?
C) Can the patient walk?
D) Do they have a serious head injury?

7) Triage Tags placed by paramedics or other initial screeners should be removed (See:

A) As soon as patients enter the hospital
B) Once care has been assumed by a licensed physician
C) Upon admission to the ICU or surgery
D) Only after specific instruction to do so by the Medical/Technical Specialist

8) In START Triage, a screening assessment of an injured patient should be performed in (Watch short video at

A) <5 minutes
B) <2 minutes
C) <1 minute
D) None of the above

9) During a disaster, the Hospital Command Center will be located (See:

A) In the Emergency Department
B) In the Pain Center
C) In the PBX
D) In the 8th Floor Auditorium

10) Crush injuries are common in victims of an earthquake. Which of the following is commonly caused by such trauma? (See:

A) Hypotension
B) Renal failure
C) Severe metabolic abnormalities
D) All of the above

11) In acute radiation syndrome, which one of the following is not commonly seen? (See:

A) Vomiting
B) Blindness
C) Seizures
D) Abdominal cramps
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