Hospital Training

Highlights of Hospital Based First Receivers Training program:

  • Recognition of the threat of the risk of secondary contamination
  • Hospital Incident Command System utilization and interface
  • Determining the need for decontamination
  • Transporting the patient in the facility in an Patient Isolation Unit
  • Documenting the exposure and OSHA Hazardous Communication
  • Inventorying and maintaining equipment while not in use
  • Handling radiologically contaminated victims
  • Handling Chemically contaminated victims
  • Handling biologically contaminated victims
  • Special treatment protocols for CBRN victims
  • Clean team transfer procedures
  • Computer controlled human patient simulator can emulate any scenario

Hospitals are often the “First Receivers” of victims from events that present a risk of secondary contamination to the health care providers and hospital facilities.  Hospital staff members must be prepared to identify those victims and take steps to protect themselves and coworkers from the secondary exposure risks.

ATEC provides mobile training teams to come to your location and conduct the training and necessary drills in identification, decontamination, isolation and disposal.  ATEC supplies all of the necessary equipment, instructors and course materials providing a low-cost, turn key solution to your training and compliance needs.  Course presentations address OSHA’s requirements as outlined in OSHA’s Best Practices for Hospital Based First Receivers document.

ATEC’s courses apply realistic practical application of the healthcare facility’s emergency response plan as well as makes recommendations for future improvement in the most cost effective format.  Having trained thirty-two Army hospitals in decontamination scenario exercises, ATEC’s mobile training teams bring vast experience and understanding of handling chemical, biological and radiological patients who pose a risk of secondary contamination.

Facts to consider:  If you think the victims are coming by ambulance, consider the following incidents:

Tokyo Subway Incident

13  of the 15 physicians who treated patients in a Tokyo emergency department experienced symptoms of sarin exposure.

35% of the injured victims walked to the hospital

24% were transported by taxi

7% were transported by ambulances

The medical staff did not initially decontaminate the patients, which resulted in 39% of nursing assistants, 27% of nurses, 26% of volunteers, 22% of physicians and 18% of clerks became ill with symptoms (Okamura et al., 1998; Scanlon, 2010)

Graniteville Train Derailment

63% of the victims self-transported in a privately owned vehicle to a medical center; only 35% were transported by EMS and 2% were transported by the police (Wenck et al., 2007).

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