The course reviews basic personal protective equipment (PPE), hazardous material and CBRN agent knowledge, medical triage and patient decontamination of in an incident involving hazardous substances. Practical exercises incorporate considerations for ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients, pediatric patients, patients with functional needs, patients of varying language and cultural backgrounds and advanced life saving interventions in a decontamination environment. In addition, participants will practice techniques for chemical and radiation hazard detection and cold weather decontamination. The course also address best practices for patient decontamination team response protocols. The content of this course aligns with decontamination capability guidelines as specified by both the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and ASPR’s Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP).
Previous participant comments:
NOTE: All participants must have previous experience with donning and doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) procedures, to include chemical protective suits and Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPR). Participants’ ability to safely don and doff this PPE must be validated in order for registration to be confirmed. These skills may be validated by one of the following methods:
By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:
Hospital patient decontamination program personnel, security personnel, environmental staff, nurses, physicians, other hospital staff
Lt. Brian Pomodoro, EMT-IC
Senior Program Manager for Emergency Response
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Boston EMS
Dr. Ben Maltz, MD FACEP
Mea Allen, M.Ed.
Associate Director, Education & Training
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness
This course is approved for 13 MA OEMS EMT credits at all levels (basic, advanced and paramedic).
This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 15.60 contact hours of nursing continuing education.
There are no upcoming deliveries of this course scheduled at this time.