Respiratory Therapy: Disaster and Mass Casualty Incident Planning Guide for Healthcare Professionals

19.95
Online
Elective
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About the Course:

This intermediate-level course is intended for healthcare professionals, emergency management, and administrators. The information in this course outlines the initial plans to address a multitude of possible variations of disaster.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the core mandate a facility should establish in the event of a disaster or mass casualty incident (MCI).
  • Define disasters and mass casualty incidents, and the risk assessment involved in developing an emergency response plan.
  • Describe the clinical application of three triage systems, START, SALT, and SOFA.
  • Detail the stepwise approach for establishing effective responses for Level 1, 2, and 3 disasters, and the thresholds for each.
  • Describe a resource survey to determine the availability of resources, what will be needed, and what can be obtained.
  • Detail the five layers of protection in a facility security response plan.
  • Describe the considerations involved in an emergency response evacuation plan and relocation to austere sites.
  • Describe recovery planning when returning to normal operations after a disaster or mass casualty incident is over.

About the Author: 
Dave E. Swift, RRT

Dave E. Swift, RRT, has been a registered respiratory therapist since 1983. In 1999, Mr. Swift was tasked with facilitating Ottawa Hospital’s preparation for Y2K. Taking an active interest in emergency preparedness, he began his training in disaster and emergency preparedness. In 2007, Mr. Swift became the subject-matter expert and respiratory therapy team lead for the National Office of the Healthcare Emergency Response Team (NOHERT), a Canadian federal team for Health Canada. His instruction included chemical, biological, radiation, and nuclear (CBRN) train-the-trainer (provided by the Canadian Security and Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army Medical Command, Dietrich, Maryland), emergency response in austere locations, and disaster management and planning. With the disbanding of  NOHERT in 2012, Mr. Swift continued his activities as a monthly columnist for Advance for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine and assisted with the review and update of Strategic National Stockpile (including the national mechanical ventilator pool’s selection). As a charge therapist and campus coordinator at the OttawaHospital–Civic Campus, Mr. Swift’s responsibilities include developing and maintaining his department’s emergency response plan. Because of its location in Canada’s national capital, the Ottawa Hospital is designated as the lead organization in any CBRN event.


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Disaster and Mass Casualty Incident Planning Guide for Healthcare Professionals

19.95
About the Course:

This intermediate-level course is intended for healthcare professionals, emergency management, and administrators. The information in this course outlines the initial plans to address a multitude of possible variations of disaster.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the core mandate a facility should establish in the event of a disaster or mass casualty incident (MCI).
  • Define disasters and mass casualty incidents, and the risk assessment involved in developing an emergency response plan.
  • Describe the clinical application of three triage systems, START, SALT, and SOFA.
  • Detail the stepwise approach for establishing effective responses for Level 1, 2, and 3 disasters, and the thresholds for each.
  • Describe a resource survey to determine the availability of resources, what will be needed, and what can be obtained.
  • Detail the five layers of protection in a facility security response plan.
  • Describe the considerations involved in an emergency response evacuation plan and relocation to austere sites.
  • Describe recovery planning when returning to normal operations after a disaster or mass casualty incident is over.

About the Author: 
Dave E. Swift, RRT

Dave E. Swift, RRT, has been a registered respiratory therapist since 1983. In 1999, Mr. Swift was tasked with facilitating Ottawa Hospital’s preparation for Y2K. Taking an active interest in emergency preparedness, he began his training in disaster and emergency preparedness. In 2007, Mr. Swift became the subject-matter expert and respiratory therapy team lead for the National Office of the Healthcare Emergency Response Team (NOHERT), a Canadian federal team for Health Canada. His instruction included chemical, biological, radiation, and nuclear (CBRN) train-the-trainer (provided by the Canadian Security and Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army Medical Command, Dietrich, Maryland), emergency response in austere locations, and disaster management and planning. With the disbanding of  NOHERT in 2012, Mr. Swift continued his activities as a monthly columnist for Advance for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine and assisted with the review and update of Strategic National Stockpile (including the national mechanical ventilator pool’s selection). As a charge therapist and campus coordinator at the OttawaHospital–Civic Campus, Mr. Swift’s responsibilities include developing and maintaining his department’s emergency response plan. Because of its location in Canada’s national capital, the Ottawa Hospital is designated as the lead organization in any CBRN event.