In today’s world of domestic and global terrorism, local hospitals and other healthcare facilities are at an ever increasing risk. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has called for all healthcare facilities to include policies and procedures on dealing with mass casualty scenarios. This includes emergency procedures involving terrorist acts which could include the presence of hazardous materials. Every hospital has a right to refuse any patient that is or could be contaminated with a hazardous material. However, it is very difficult and rare to plan on refusing care to contaminated victims. The probability that injured and contaminated victims inundate the emergency room is great, no matter what the written policies and procedures of the hospital are. This is exactly why every hospital should provide effective training for all emergency room employees (first receivers). Every first receiver needs to be trained, at a minimum, to the Awareness level of HAZWOPER. Additionally, if the hospital plans to offer emergency decontamination or even handle potentially contaminated patients, those employees need to be trained to the Operations level of HAZWOPER (the next higher level). “OSHA BEST PRACTICES for HOSPITAL-BASED FIRST RECEIVERS OF VICTIMS from Mass Casualty Incidents Involving the Release of Hazardous Substances” provides the standards for how hospitals should prepare and train their first receivers.
What Can CS Consulting Do For Your Hospital?
CS Consulting can provide all your hospital consulting, training, and Hazardous Materials needs. Since JCAHO and OSHA require hazardous materials training for hospital first receivers it is crucial that you choose the most effective training possible. Here, at CS Consulting, we provide high quality first receiver training that is guaranteed to train each student to a level that will best allow them to handle a situation at their facility.
Our hospital training program has been developed and refined to create an atmosphere that is effective and challenging to every student. We believe that conducting extremely challenging and interesting training builds a solid foundation for every student. By providing quality & exhaustive training, students will be pushed to their maximum potential. Conducting hands-on training, involving situations that are more difficult than the “average” hazmat incident, will develop confidence and effectiveness. Our hospital training programs include three major areas of expertise (required for all hospital training programs): Hazmat Awareness, Hazmat Operations, & hospital HEICS training.
We tailor the training that you need specifically for your facility. We understand that annual training requirements create a “burn-out” environment for employees. That is why we assure a dynamic and interactive training environment, in which employees learn but also have fun.
CS Consulting also provides different, new, & continually updated training to reduce the familiarization and “burn-out” of annual training/refreshers. Our hazmat training prepares your first receivers to properly handle multiple self referred contaminated victims as well as incoming contaminated ambulance units. Your first receivers can’t afford not to have this dynamic, fun, & challenging training.
Our hands on portion of the courses depend on specific facility needs and are relevant and specific to your facility. Our hands-on training consists of scenarios that challenge students mentally and physically. We strive to make each student comfortable to responding to large scale incidents and/or smaller and more complex incidents. We believe that our training pushes the class as a team in extreme situations. Thus resulting in a hazardous materials response team that is confident, efficient, and can quickly handle contaminated patients properly.
Awareness Level training
Our awareness level training includes a comprehensive approach to all the issues involved during a mass casualty incident involving hazardous materials. Although this level of training does not allow students to work with or handle patients, they will gain an intimate knowledge in the tasks and jobs that are critical to the command system. They will understand what is within their scope and they will also better understand how the whole operation and incident command system work. This class is designed for all first receivers in the Emergency Room or any first receiver who would be involved in any support or more involved roles during an incident.
Operations Level training
Our Operations level training is based around a three (3) day course schedule in which aspects such as hazardous materials, emergency response, the first receiver’s’ role in a mass casualty incident, and proper decontamination techniques. This is a very in depth look at how mass casualty incidents involving hazardous materials can be effectively controlled, managed, and stabilized. Our operations course allows every student to get many hours of quality hands on training. The first two days of the course are classroom lecture. Here tactics, hazard recognition, tactical objectives, and much more are taught and discussed. The third day is all hands on training. Students start the third day out with friendly competitions using props, and then it progresses to the last scenario of the day which consists of a full blown mass casualty incident. Due to a high probability that the next large mass casualty incident could contain a weapon of mass destruction, our Hospital Operations Level Course includes a very in depth look into terrorism, chemical and biological weapons, as well as nuclear hazards and dirty bombs. We guarantee proficiency beyond the average hazmat training they might have had before. You can’t afford not to have this type of training. Not only will your ER/Ambulance first receivers be comfortable to deal with any situation they encounter, but they will work more effectively and quicker as a team. Please call us to schedule your required Operations level training for Emergency Room first receivers.
Course Length: Hospital courses are custom built for each client. Please call for a quote today!
Price: Hospital courses are custom built for each client. Please call for a quote today!