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DelValle: Module III: Hospital-Based Patient Decontamination-Operations

  • Boston Children's Hospital 1 Autumn Street Boston, MA, 02215 United States (map)

Tuesday, September 19 & Wednesday, September 20, 2017
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Boston Children's Hospital
1 Autumn Street
Boston, MA 02215

Course Description: 
The course reviews basic personal protective equipment (PPE), hazardous material and CBRN agent knowledge, medical triage and patient decontamination of in an incident involving hazardous substances. Practical exercises incorporate considerations for ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients, pediatric patients, patients with functional needs, patients of varying language and cultural backgrounds and advanced life saving interventions in a decontamination environment. In addition, participants will practice techniques for chemical and radiation hazard detection and cold weather decontamination. The course also address best practices for patient decontamination team response protocols. The content of this course aligns with decontamination capability guidelines as specified by both the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and ASPR’s Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP).

 Previous participant comments:

  • “Most courses stop just prior to actual decontamination. This was a great next step for overall training.”
  • “Great experience. You can never train too much.”
  • “Hands-on discussion was excellent.”

NOTE: All participants must have previous experience with donning and doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) procedures, to include chemical protective suits and Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPR). Participants’ ability to safely don and doff this PPE must be validated in order for registration to be confirmed. These skills may be validated by one of the following methods:

  • Email from sponsoring personnel at participant’s hospital sent to
  • Successful completion of the DelValle Institute course Module II: Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Operations, or similar training program.
  • Successful completion of an OSHA-approved  all-hazards awareness level course similar to Module II, which must include a block of instruction on proper donning and doffing procedures for the Level C chemical protective ensemble. A syllabus and certificate verifying successful completion of the course must be forwarded via email to course instructor Brian Pomodoro, A verifiable link to the training will be accepted in lieu of a course syllabus.

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

  • Complete the pre-assessment and identify the purpose of the course
  • Describe best practices for hospital patient decontamination program structure and response and reporting protocols
  • Appropriately size-up an unfolding patient decontamination scenario and initiate the necessary notification protocols
  • Recognize and detect the presence of hazards, and recognize and manage life-saving interventions (LSI)
  • Prioritize patients requiring decontamination according to their medical needs and triage categories
  • As a member of a team, safely and effectively perform water-based and dry ambulatory and non-ambulatory patient decontamination based on the HazMat or CBRN agent present
  • Apply techniques for addressing cultural, pediatric and functional needs considerations in a patient decontamination scenario
  • Properly don and doff PPE, describe its capabilities and limitations, and manage equipment malfunctions
  • Complete the post-assessment and review the purpose of the course

Target Audience:
Hospital patient decontamination program personnel, security personnel, environmental staff, nurses, physicians, other hospital staff

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

This course has been approved for 13.0 hours of OEMS credit at the basic level.

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 15.60 contact hours of nursing continuing education.