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Highly Infectious Disease Theme Week

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) will host the 2019 Highly Infectious Disease Theme Week training during the week of August 25 – August 31, 2019 on the CDP campus in Anniston, AL. CDP training is fully funded for state, local, tribal and territorial emergency responders to include roundtrip airfare, meals, lodging, training and any equipment required during training.

The Highly Infectious Disease Training Week is intended to broaden the training experience of healthcare responders beginning with the first recognition of illness, and continues through treatment, isolation and recovery. Healthcare response is part of an overall community response and may involve many agencies, departments, organizations and facilities to ensure students effectively respond to and recover from the dangers of infectious diseases.

The Highly Infectious Disease Training Week will provide the student with the best practice, knowledge, and skills for triaging, transporting, transferring, treating, and managing persons with highly infectious diseases. Students will attend Subject Matter Expert discussions of best practices for managing and treating persons with a highly infectious disease throughout the week. Students receive demonstrations and practical experience required to prevent provider and other patient contamination by managing events in a realistic healthcare setting to ensure best practices in barrier precautions and infection-control procedures.


The CDP will host one iteration each of the following courses:

Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents

Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents

Contact Hours: 32

8/25–8/31/2019
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Overview

Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents is a four-day course that addresses disaster preparedness at the facility and system level. Healthcare leaders must be prepared for any incident that results in multiple casualties, whether it is the result of a natural disaster; an accidental or intentional release of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosives (CBRNE) hazard; or a disease outbreak that results in an epidemic or pandemic. This course focuses on preparing healthcare leaders to make critical decisions in all-hazards disaster emergency preparedness activities. Responders learn essential disaster-planning response and recovery functions through lecture/discussion format that are then applied in a tabletop exercise and a two-day functional exercise.

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

  • Clarify healthcare emergency management roles and responsibilities in the disaster life-cycle process — mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery — for all-hazards disasters.
  • Identify key partners in disaster preparedness, their roles, and interrelationships in responding to a disaster.
  • Relate the use of the Incident Command System in the healthcare system through Hospital Incident Command System (and the Public Health Incident System.
  • Illustrate roles and responsibilities in obtaining and distributing medical supplies in a disaster situation.
  • Illustrate the difficult decisions that healthcare leaders face regarding palliative care and mass-fatality management.
  • Summarize the development of emergency public information and risk communications messages.
  • Differentiate requirements for types of decontamination procedures and facilities, in addition to personal protective equipment to be used in healthcare facilities for a variety of hazards.
  • Describe the various concepts associated with the disaster-planning process.
  • Identify important aspects of Noble, U.S.A., and roles of the functional areas in the exercises.
  • Apply Comprehensive Emergency Management to a disaster-response situation
  • Apply the concepts of healthcare disaster planning.
  • Summarize the role of healthcare response in an all-hazards disaster.
  • Conduct healthcare response to a disaster.
  • Respond to a healthcare all-hazards disaster.
Target Audience/Disciplines
  • Hospital executive group — Senior executives who have ultimate legal and overall fiduciary responsibilities for the institution;- Mid-level management — Those who have responsibility for activating the disaster plan;
  • Patient services group — Senior patient care services leadership who are responsible for the following: organizing and delivering patient care services and resources; maintaining a patient-tracking system; assuring the treatment of inpatients and managing the inpatientcare areas; and controlling discharge procedures
  • Emergency Department (ED) group — Those responsible for overall clinical and administrative management of the ED resources;
  • Physical plant operations group — Those responsible for the physical plant and its environment;
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) — Those responsible for authorizing policy and/or participating in the formation of policy that determines the response of EMS resources to a disaster;
  • Public health group — Those responsible for authorizing policy and/or participating in the formation of policy that determines the public health response to a disaster; and
  • Other patient care — Patient-support areas may be represented, including infection control, chaplains, social workers, legal, and others.
Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events

Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events

Contact Hours: 8

8/26–8/31/2019
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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.
Target Audience/Disciplines

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

Barrier Precautions and Controls for Highly Infectious Disease

Barrier Precautions and Controls for Highly Infectious Disease

Contact Hours: 24

8/26–8/31/2019
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Overview

Barrier Precautions and Controls for Highly Infectious Disease (HID) is a three-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.
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.

Medical Countermeasures: Point of Dispensing (POD), Planning and Response

Medical Countermeasures: Point of Dispensing (POD), Planning and Response

Contact Hours: 16

8/26–8/31/2019
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Overview

The Medical Countermeasures: Point of Dispensing, Planning and Response course is to enhance jurisdiction preparedness and emergency response efforts by providing the knowledge of how to exercise and revise a plan that utilizes an all-hazards, whole community approach toward a medical countermeasures event. Assists with coordination of planning, training and responding to a Medical Countermeasure (MCM) response for a public health incident. This course responds directly to the National Preparedness Goal; as it applies to delivery of medical countermeasures to exposed populations. This course is approved and accredited for national continuing education hours from: Emergency Nurses Association (14.75 hours) and the America Academy of Family Physicians (15.50 hours).

Target Audience/Disciplines

Emergency Management; Emergency Medical Services; Fire Service; Governmental Administrative; Hazardous Material; Law Enforcement; Health Care; Public Health; Public Safety Communications; Public Works; Agriculture; Information Technology; Citizen/Community Volunteer