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ORCHIDS Project Symposium

The ORCHIDS Project Symposium was held at The Department of War Studies, King's College London, UK on the 20th April 2011.

Please see the Project Area page for details of the workshop.

Sixth ORCHIDS Project Meeting at Porton Down, UK

The Sixth ORCHIDS Project Meeting was held at Porton Down, UK on the 23rd November 2010.

Please see the Project Area page for details of the meeting.

Field Exercises

Exercise Milo was held at the ExCeL London conference centre and at the Homerton Hospital on 29th June 2010. The Health Protection Agency, on behalf of the Department of Health and in conjunction with NHS London, held Exercise Milo to train London's Emergency Services and prepare and exercise their health-led response to potential major incidents. This field exercise involved a variety of participants (known as 'players') ranging from NHS London to the Metropolitan Police and Amputees in Action. The scenario for the exercise involved a chemical incident at a major sporting event for disabled athletes. Exercise Milo was created specifically to include disabled people, something that has never been tested this widely before. Some 600 people in total were involved in the exercise: 150 of them players from the emergency services, 120 volunteer casualties, 150 controlling and evaluating staff as well as staff volunteers at the Homerton Hospital. The ORCHIDS project team led the evaluation of the exercise, to facilitate the learning from the exercise and to pursue the ORCHIDS project objectives.

Photographs from Exercise Milo are available in the Project Area.

'CBRNe World' published an article on Exercise Milo in their Autumn 2010 edition and can be found by following the below link:

http://www.cbrneworld.com/pdf/cbrne-world-autumn-2010-Taking-an-early-bath.pdf

The French Field Trials were held between the 6th September and 10th September 2010 at the SDIS 77 (French Civilian Security - Seine-et-Marne) Education Centre located at Gurcy le Châtel. The trials aimed to compare the laboratory defined ORCHIDS protocol and a current operational French mass decontamination protocol. In addition the effect of a buddy-aid in the shower - casualties decontaminated by responders - was also assessed. Data analysis is ongoing.

Photographs from the French Field Trials are available in the Project Area.

Fifth ORCHIDS Project Meeting in Umeå, Sweden

The Fifth ORCHIDS Project Meeting was held in Umeå, Sweden on the 13th, 14th and 15th June 2010.

Please see the Project Area page for details of the meeting and presentation slides.

ORCHIDS Presentations at the 8th Chemical and Biological Medical Treatments Symposia

Two presentations were given by members of the ORCHIDS team at the Eighth Chemical and Biological Medical Treatments Symposia (CBMTS VIII) which took place from the 2nd to the 7th May 2010 at the Spiez Laboratory in Switzerland. Due to the international scope of the conference, it provided an ideal opportunity to widely disseminate the objectives and interim outcomes of the ORCHIDS project.

Please follow the links below to view the slides used in the two presentations given:

pdf_icon The ORCHIDS Project: Evaluation, Optimisation, Trialling and Modelling Procedures for Mass Casualty Decontamination

pdf_icon The Mass Casualty Decontamination of Vulnerable and Minority Groups

ORCHIDS Poster Presentations at the 10th International Symposium on Protection against Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents

Two posters were presented by members of the ORCHIDS team at the 10th International Symposium on Protection against Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents which took place in Stockholm, Sweden from the 8th to the 11th June 2010.

Please follow the links below to view the two ORCHIDS posters presented at the 10th International Symposium on Protection against Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents:

pdf_icon Evaluation and Optimisation of Emergency Mass Casualty Decontamination

pdf_icon The Mass Casualty Decontamination of Vulnerable and Minority Groups

Interim Report Published, January 2010

This report presents a technical summary of project activity for the implementation phase 01/06/2008 to 30/11/2009.

Available in the Project Area.

A Review of Current Mass Casualty Decontamination Provision in the European Union Published, January 2010

This report provides an account of the review of current EU mass decontamination provision that was carried out as part of the ORCHIDS project.

Available in the Project Area.

A Systematic Review of the Needs of Vulnerable and Minority Groups in Emergency Decontamination Published, January 2010

This review was carried out to assess the current level of preparedness for responding to the needs of vulnerable and minority groups in incidents which require the implementation of mass casualty decontamination processes. It also examines potential ways in which decontamination provision could be improved to accommodate the needs of these groups and thereby promote a more effective and inclusive emergency response.

Available in the Project Area.

A Progress Update Reporting the Outcome of the Work Package 5 Laboratory Trials Published, January 2010

The purpose of the review was to identify the optimum conditions for performing mass casualty decontamination. This review constitutes Work Package 5 of the project.