”We believe all professionals caring for trauma patients should have a solid baseline level of expertise in disaster response and preparedness, because a “business as usual” strategy is simply not possible and is doomed to failure” ~ Ronald M. Stewart, American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma
Disaster Management Emergency Preparedness course created by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Disaster Subcommittee is being presented by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and Iowa Department of Public Health as a one-day course. Registration is required as there is a strict student to instructor ratio that needs to be maintained.
Major topics addressed include planning, triage, incident command, injury patterns and pathophysiology, and consideration for special populations. Small group discussions are based on illustrative scenarios. The course requires a pretest which will be emailed to you, and a post test which will be conducted after course conclusion.
The intended audience includes acute care providers (i.e., surgeons; anesthesiologists; emergency medicine physicians; emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, and trauma nurses; and prehospital professionals) who will most likely be the first receivers of casualties following major disasters. Other health care providers, administrators, public health personnel, and emergency preparedness managers/personnel are also encouraged to attend.
- Identify the surgical problems, injury patterns, and issues that may result from disasters
- Demonstrate the role that hospital staff can play in planning for and responding to mass casualty incidents and disasters.
- Participants will define the terms and concepts of incident command
- Explain the principles and challenges of disaster triage
- Describe treatment principles related to blast injury, chemical attacks, and radiological dispersal devices
- Contrast the civilian and military assets available for support
- Epidemiology and history of disasters
- Disaster planning
- Disaster response organization and execution
- Medical management of mass casualties
- Pathophysiology and patterns of injury
- Post disaster assessment and recovery
- Pitfalls and barriers in disaster planning and response
- Understanding the needs of special populations (i.e., pediatric, geriatric, disabled)
DMEP is free for all to attend. A lunch will be provided courtesy of Iowa Department of Public Health.
The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Contact Hours can be applied for through Iowa Board of Nursing Special Approval Application. If you are interested in this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org after the course has concluded.
BETS will be providing 7.5 formal continuing education hours for EMS providers
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Western Iowa Tech Community College- RM B3
11 North 35th Street
Denison, IA 51442
May 7th with registration beginning at 7:30 and the course ending at 5pm