August 2015 Newsletter
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August 2015 Newsletter
Spotlighted Course

Module III: Hospital-Based Patient Decontamination – Operations

September 16 & 17, 2015

Emergency Planning for the Whole CommunityThe course reviews basic personal protective equipment (PPE), hazardous material and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agent knowledge, medical triage and patient decontamination 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 the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). To register for this course, click here.
What are people saying about this course?
 “Great course! A good overview of each bit of decontamination from determining material, to implementing and organizing.”

“I will strongly recommend this course to others. Thank You.”
Featured Programs

Celebrating National Preparedness Month: Focus on Resilience in the Face of Trauma

September 30, 2015
Boston, MA

What does it take to achieve resilience as a community, particularly in the face of traumatic events? To what extent is Boston a resilient city, providing support to withstand chronic day-to-day stresses and to adapt to more sudden, acute shocks? Join the newly appointed Chief Resilience Officer, Dr. S. Atyia Martin, Reverend Elizabeth “Liz” Walker, and other local thought leaders and practitioners as we commemorate National Preparedness Month by exploring how individuals, communities, and organizations can work together to strengthen our collective resilience. The discussion will continue at an informal reception following the event.

Module I: All-Hazards Disaster Response & 
Protection for Healthcare Personnel – Awareness  

September 24, 2015 & December 14, 2015
Boston, MA

This three and a half hour course will provide individuals in a healthcare setting with a foundation in all hazards basics. Through lecture and didactic discussion, participants will learn about recognizing a potential mass disaster incident and its corresponding threats. They will also learn to use the algorithm RAIN (Recognize, Avoid, Isolate, and Notify) to take initial defensive response actions against natural disasters, terrorism, and chemical, biological, explosive, and radiological agents. With its focus on healthcare personnel, the course will conclude by presenting material on the topics of victim management and personal protective equipment.

This course is in accordance with OSHA 24 CFR 1910.120 – Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.

Upcoming Courses
Boston MRC Orientation
Boston MRC Orientation

Various Dates

Celebrating National Preparedness Month: Focus on Resilience in the Face of Trauma 

September 30, 2015

Incident Command System 300

October 28-30, 2015

Emergency Planning for the Whole Community
Incident Command System 400

December 3 & 4, 2015

Module I: All-Hazards Disaster Response & Protection for Healthcare Personnel – Awareness 

September 24, 2015
December 14, 2015

Module II: All-Hazards Disaster Response and Protection for Healthcare Personnel  - Operations

September 24, 2015
December 14, 2015

Community Healthcare Planning and Response to Disasters (MGT-409)    



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Other News and Updates

FDA Releases New HSEEP-Compliant Food-Related Exercise 

A new food-related emergency exercise has been made available by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The exercise, called “Mass Mayhem” involves a foodborne illness outbreak during a large event and illustrates the importance of collaborating with a diverse team and responding to an urgent mass contamination event. The exercise has been added to the FDA’s Food Related Emergency Exercise Bundle (FREE-B).


HHS Unveils First Compendium of Resources for Health Emergencies

In July, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the first online collection of the federal resources and capabilities available to mitigate the health impacts of emergencies. The Response and Recovery Resources Compendium is an easy to navigate, comprehensive web-based repository of HHS resources and capabilities available to Federal, State, local, territorial and tribal stakeholders before, during, and after public health and medical incidents. Topics include Situational Awareness, Public Health Surveillance, Decontamination, Hospital Care, and more.

Communities Near Chemical Plants Advised to Develop Preparedness and Response Plans

In a recent issue of the International Journal of Critical Infrastructures, researchers evaluated the impact of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) on community safety in areas surrounding chemical plants. CFATS has been effective since 2007, but many chemical facilities do not adhere to all of the included standards. In order to prevent chemical harm by either terrorism or accidents, researchers Maria Rooijakkers and Abdul-Akeem Sadiq of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University conclude that communities must take steps to promote their own preparedness and response should a chemical disaster occur. Read a summary of the article from Homeland Security News Wire, or access the full journal article here.
The DelValle Institute has great partners in emergency preparedness trainings for public health and healthcare providers in Massachusetts, including: 
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Boston Emergency Medical Services Headquarters
785 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-343-1370
Fax: 617-343-1121

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