Emergency Preparedness for Mass Casualty Events

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify infections capable of causing mass casualties & describe their etiologies, manifestations, diagnosis, management, & prevention
  2. Describe strategies & devices to prevent communication of infections to caregivers, patients, & the environment
  3. Identify chemical agents capable of causing mass casualties & describe their likely sources, effects, manifestations, & management of chemically contaminated patients
  4. Identify the sources of mass casualty radiation events & describe the effects, manifestations, & management of radiation injuries
  5. Identify sources of blast injuries & describe the types of injuries, their manifestations, & their management
  6. Describe major types of natural disasters, their associated types of injuries, their manifestations, & management
  7. Discuss problems associated with healthcare delivery in natural disasters, including those associated with transportation & destruction of physical facilities
  8. Distinguish among conventional, contingency, & crisis modes within a healthcare facility with respect to space, staffing, equipment, & supplies
  9. Describe preparations & response strategies for mass casualty situations with respect to respiratory care equipment & supplies, including oxygen & mechanical ventilators