Skip to main content
Department of Homeland Security Shield / FEMA

Center for
Domestic Preparedness

Main Content

select another course

change discipline

Open to Public Health

Barrier Precautions and Controls for Highly Infectious Disease

HID PER-321 32 Contact Hours
Target Audience/Disciplines

Emergency Medical Services, Healthcare, and Public Health Professionals with a requirement to triage, transport, and treat persons with a highly infectious disease.


Barrier Precautions and Controls for Highly Infectious Disease (HID) is a four-day course that provides the student with the best practice, knowledge, and skills for triaging, transporting, transferring, treating, and managing persons with highly infectious diseases. Students participate in a guided discussion of best practices for managing and treating persons with a highly infectious disease from identification or presentation through conclusion and final outcome of treatment. Students receive demonstrations and practical experience in the proper donning and doffing of personal protective equipment required to prevent provider and other patient contamination. Lastly, students conduct a series of patient management and treatment exercises in a realistic healthcare setting to include presentation at an emergency room and treatment in a hospital isolation ward using best practice barrier precautions and infection-control procedures.

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

  • Determine infection control-barrier precautions and guidelines.
  • Manage risk of transmission in a patient with a highly infectious disease.
  • Don and doff personal protective equipment.
  • Process infectious human remains.
  • Handle infectious and/or hazardous waste.
  • Disinfect patient treatment area and equipment.
Course Offerings

Prerequisites and Requirements

To be eligible for the course, the student must:

  • Possess training and/or education in basic barrier precautions and infection-control requirements and procedures;
  • Possess training and/or education in medical triage and treatment protocols;
  • Be physically capable of assisting in the transfer and movement of a patient role player or mannequin weighing up to 200 pounds; and
  • Be physically and mentally capable of wearing personal protective equipment that conforms tightly to the face or encapsulates the head and face.
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:

ABN (Alabama Board of Nursing) - 32 Contact Hours / 3.2 CEUs

ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) in Joint Providership agreement with the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM) - 32 CEUs

IACET (International Association of Continuing Education and Training) – 32 Contact Hours / 3.2 CEUs