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Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL)

I had heard stories about the CDP, but I was surprised as to the extent of it all once I got there. I can say that this has been an eye opener for me on what can and most likely will happen during an emergency. I enjoyed the exercise and for once I am able to see how it all works together. I found it very interesting how everything plays out, and during all the chaos there is some organization opposed to an untrained system—I expect nothing less during a real-life event. We are working on sending other employees from our hospital to CDP training. Charlie Holm; Security Services; Nebraska

Target Audience/Disciplines

Hospital Executive Group and Senior Executives; Mid-level Management; Public Health; Emergency Department Staff; Direct Patient Care (e.g., RN, LPN, Medical Technicians, Respiratory Technicians, etc.); Physical Plant (e.g., Security, IT, HAZMAT, etc.); Emergency Medical Services; Other Patient Care (e.g., Infection Control, Chaplains, Social Workers, Legal, etc.)

Overview

Healthcare Leadership for All-Hazards Incidents (HCL) is a four-day course which exposes healthcare professionals to the dynamics involved in the decision making processes during an all-hazards disaster involving mass casualties. The course uses a combination of lecture and exercises, to provide responders and receivers foundational information on which to base critical decisions during the fast-paced final exercise.

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

  • Explain healthcare emergency management roles and responsibilities in the disaster lifecycle process—mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Communicate the use of the Incident Command System (ICS) in the healthcare system through Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) and the Public Health Incident Command System (PHICS).
  • Evaluate medical supply management and distribution at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Recognize the requirement for personal protective equipment (PPE), the four levels of protection and factors in selecting a level, the need and purpose of decontamination both wet and dry, and decontamination planning and patient management processes.
  • Illustrate the important points of communications planning, the role of the Public Information Officer (PIO), and the criticality of effective media relations during a mass casualty incident (MCI).

Course Length

4.0 days

Course Code

MGT-901

Additional Requirements

IS-100.hc, IS-200.hc, and IS-700.a

Continuing Education Credits

  • The Center for Domestic Preparedness is authorized by IACET to offer 3.2 CEUs for this program.
  • Nursing, through Alabama Board of Nursing (nurses only): 32
  • Continuing Medical Education, through University of Alabama at Birmingham (additional allied health professionals may be able to apply for these CMEs): 32
  • Police Officer Standards and Training (POST; approved per state): 32

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  • Image: Students in the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course simulate hospital leadership in the Emergency Operations Center. The 32-hour course lasts four days and includes both classroom instruction and realistic scenario-based exercises�complete with the expected chaos, noise, power failures, media briefs, and even victims from a mass casualty event.
  • Image: Students in the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course simulate hospital leadership in the Emergency Operations Center. The 32-hour course lasts four days and includes both classroom instruction and realistic scenario-based exercises�complete with the expected chaos, noise, power failures, media briefs, and even victims from a mass casualty event.
  • Image: Students attending the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course admit patients (role players) to be treated by emergency department personnel. The former Army Noble Hospital was converted into a training site for health and medical education in disasters and mass casualty events.  It serves as the only operational hospital in the U.S. dedicated to training.
  • Image: Emergency medical personnel apply life saving procedures to a Human Patient Simulator while attending training at the CDP�s Noble Training Facility.  The former Army Noble Hospital was converted into a training site for health and medical education in disasters and mass casualty events.  It serves as the only operational hospital in the U.S. dedicated to training.
  • Image: Emergency medical personnel apply life saving procedures to a Human Patient Simulator while attending training at the CDP�s Noble Training Facility.  The former Army Noble Hospital was converted into a training site for health and medical education in disasters and mass casualty events.  It serves as the only operational hospital in the U.S. dedicated to training.