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Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events

PPMB PER-320 8 Contact Hours
Target Audience/Disciplines

Emergency Medical Services, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Works, and Hospital Personnel.

Overview

Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events (PPMB) is a one-day course focusing on the challenges faced by first responders and clinical health care professionals in pre-hospital and hospital environments as they deal with personal protective equipment (PPE) needs and potential contamination issues while dealing with highly infectious diseases. The course provides students with an overview of PPE, and includes experiential learning activities on donning and doffing PPE Level C and technical decontamination. Additionally, students review the different types of decontamination. Topics covered in the course include hazards specific to infectious disease incidents in a healthcare setting; exposure control plans; best safe work practices and most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization; use and limitations of PPE; donning and doffing of appropriate levels of PPE, to include practice with PPE Level C; roles and responsibilities; and technical decontamination processes and procedures.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Identify general characteristics of viruses in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
  • Don and doff personal protective equipment in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Perform technical decontamination in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Course Offerings

Prerequisites and Requirements

To be eligible for the course, the student must successfully complete the following course:

Continuing Education Credits

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is an Accredited Provider (AP) of Continuing Education Units (CEU) and is authorized to award the following CEUs for successful completion of this activity:

ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) in Joint Providership agreement with the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM)  - 8 CEUs

IACET (International Association of Continuing Education and Training) –  0.8 CEUs