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Center for Public Health Preparedness

Basic Emergency Preparedness for Staff of Community Health Facilities

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Overview

Community-based clinicians (physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and others) have been identified as essential to a community’s emergency preparedness, referred to as needed components of preparedness planning and training in Joint Commission hospital standards and in Center for Disease Control & Prevention and HRSA grants. All staff members in community-based healthcare facilities should be able to identify and respond appropriately to potential clinical signs of an emergency situation and to communicate with patients and partners in a way that supports an effective response system. You should also understand the importance of understanding your facility’s emergency operations plan and where you fit into this plan.

This course provides information about basic emergency preparedness including the main components of a family disaster plan, the basic components of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS), and the roles your healthcare facility might play in a community-wide emergency.

Audience

This course is intended for community-based physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and others working as staff members in such facilities as community health centers, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and private practice sites. Based on your response about the type of facility, you will see a course that is specific to your general kind of facility.

Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe some benefits of emergency preparedness
  • List the main components of a family disaster plan
  • Describe the basic concepts of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Describe at least three roles your healthcare facility might play in a community-wide emergency.

Technical Requirements

This course is built to XHTML 1.1 specifications. A modern web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox is required to view the pages.

Version

Originally launched March 14th, 2008

Time

Estimated time for this course is 1 hour

Cost

Free and open to the public

Acknowledgements

The course was created by Cheryl Reeves, Associate Director for Instructional Development, at the University at Albany's Center for Public Health Preparedness based on an online course developed by the Vocational Education and Extension Board of Nassau County.

 

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