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DelValle: Module I: All Hazard Awareness for Healthcare Personnel

  • Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital 1153 Centre Street Boston, MA, 02130 United States (map)

Course Description:
As an integral piece of the Nation’s critical infrastructure, healthcare facilities, regardless of specialty, must continue to operate even during periods of great duress, such as pandemics, extreme weather or local incidents involving a significant release of hazardous materials. With global terrorism on the rise and an ever-increasing demand for medical services nationwide, healthcare workers require exceptional emergency preparedness training that is both flexible and considerate of a demanding work schedule. This three-and-a-half hour course will provide individuals working in healthcare settings with a foundation in all hazards basics. Through lecture and didactic discussion, participants will learn about recognizing a potential disaster incident and its corresponding threats. They will also learn to use the algorithm RAIN (Recognize, Avoid, Isolate, and Notify) to take initial defensive response actions against natural disasters, terrorism, and chemical, biological, explosive, and radiological agents. With its focus on healthcare personnel, the course will conclude by presenting material on the topics of victim management, personal preparedness and personal protective equipment.

Module I: All Hazard Awareness for Healthcare Personnel qualifies as “yearly refresher training” in accordance with OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.120—Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response and 1910.132-Personal protective Equipment.

Learning Objectives:
By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Complete the pre-assessment and identify the purpose of the course
  2. Describe how a mass casualty incident (MCI) response may develop both at the scene and at a healthcare facility
  3. Describe the basic function of the Incident Command System (ICS) and your role within it
  4. Identify types of hazards, their core characteristics, and potential medical consequences of each
  5. List core principles of healthcare response to disaster events
  6. Identify effective strategies to enhance workplace & household preparedness
  7. Identify basic principles of victim management
  8. Describe the various types of healthcare facility-based personal protective equipment (PPE) and recognize the appropriate use of each
  9. Outline the steps and key components involved in effective patient decontamination procedures
  10. Complete the post-assessment and summarize the course key messages


Target Audience:
Emergency management, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, public works, public health, healthcare, and private security

Lt. Brian Pomodoro, EMT-IC
Senior Program Manager for Emergency Response
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Boston EMS
Office of Public Health Preparedness 

This course is approved for 3 hours of OEMS credit at the Basic Level. Please update your National Registry training profile accordingly and provide proof of completion to your designated training officer. Keep a copy of proof of completion for your records.

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 3.6 contact hours of nursing continuing education. 

The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. This training is part of the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region's training and exercise program, and is supported with federal funding from the US Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, please visit the funding page.