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Group Debriefing Module
This module was developed by the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based
Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02-0018 from the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. The content of this module is intended
to provide guidance for hospital disaster drill evaluation and should not be
construed as representing standards of care or recommendations on how to respond
to specific types of disasters. No statement in this module should be construed
as an official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or
of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Note: The debriefing session(s) should be recorded by audiotape or scribe. In general, each item is relevant to every zone involved in the drill. Delete items on decontamination if not relevant to drill scenario. Debriefing participants should state their zone when responding.
GD1. Did you feel you were notified of the disaster in a timely fashion?
GD2. Did the incident command
center work effectively?
GD3. Did any zone receive
incorrect information from the incident command center?
GD4. If not correct, what
specifics do you recall about incorrect information?
GD5. Was the information
from the incident command center received by other zones in a timely way?
GD6. Were there problems
with information flow within the hospital?
GD7. Were memorandums of
understanding (MOUs) with outside agencies (e.g., police) activated?
GD8. Did nurses and physicians
respond quickly to the disaster call?
GD9. Was the zone set up
when the first mock victim arrived?
GD10. Was security in place
before the first mock victim arrived?
GD11. Did people have a good
understanding of their roles, as defined in the disaster plan?
GD12. Did the decontamination
system work effectively?
GD13. Did you have any problems
with the decontamination equipment?
GD14. Functioning properly?
GD15. Adequate number of
GD16. Participants used correctly?
GD17. Were there delays in
GD18. If so, what triggered
GD19. Did the triage system
GD20. Were there delays in
GD21. If so, what triggered
GD22. Did the treatment system
GD23. Were there delays in
GD24. If so, what triggered
GD25. Was personal protective
equipment (PPE) used correctly?
GD26. Were you able to function
in the PPE?
GD27. Were you rotated adequately
when wearing the PPE?
GD28. Was security adequate?
GD29. Was staffing adequate?
GD30. Were supplies adequate?
GD31. Was the equipment adequate?
GD32. If not, what equipment
was not adequate (give specifics)?
GD33. Were there problems
with transporting patients?
GD34. Were there problems
with communication devices (e.g., equipment failure)?
GD35. Did the hospital appear
to work well with city and/or regional disaster agencies?
GD36. Were there problems
with information flow between the hospital and outside agencies?
GD37. If yes, which agencies?
GD38. Were there bottlenecks?
GD39. Was workspace adequate?
GD40. Did you feel you could
accomplish what you were assigned to do during the drill?
GD41. What did you learn
from participating in the drill?
GD42. Overall, what parts
of the drill went well?
GD43. What could have been
done differently to make the drill run better?
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