The first step was a commitment to a 10 week preparation course, a class in which only those who meet qualifying criteria gain admittance...
Healthcare Operations – Decontamination (HCO-D) provides healthcare workers with an improved capability to respond to Haz -Mat events or receive patients in a safe and competent manner, within the typical limited response resources and receiver capabilities at the “Operations” level.
· Recognize what hazardous materials are; the problems they pose; the risks and outcomes HazMat in healthcare present and recognize a HazMat event through basic clues: warning signs, placards, labels, shipping papers and SDSs.
· Describe basic first receiver actions, citing need for safety, isolating/denying entry, and making required notifications to begin a safe and effective response to a HazMat incident.
· Describe the health effects hazardous materials present to the first receivers’ life safety and demonstrate the ability to direct self-decontamination and full medical decontamination of victims while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
Target Audience: Hospital security, environmental/facilities staff/plant operations, emergency department staff, hospital trainers, hospital-based first responders, BLS/ALS providers or anyone that may respond to a hazardous materials incident.
Last fall, our very own Donna Mayer received the CESA Gold Award, the highest honor for service, at the California Emergency Services Association (CESA) Annual Conference held in San Diego. Nominated by our director and supported by the executive body of CESA, Mayer was recognized for her response to the Waterman Incident...
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