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Course DescriptionHospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT) is one-day course designed to provide medical operation guidance to hospitals, emergency medical services (EMS), healthcare facility personnel, assisted living, hospice and others who may become involved in a mass casualty incident (MCI). The course provides the healthcare emergency receiver with an understanding of the relationship between a Hospital Incident Command System (HICS), a scene Incident Command System (ICS), and other incident management systems used by municipal Emergency Operations Centers (EOC). The course also provides guidance for Hospital Emergency Response Team design, development, and training.
Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Safety Professionals, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, Public Health, and Federal, State, Local and Tribal agencies.
Prerequisites and Requirements – None
Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:
Understand the OSHA training requirements for HERT teams.
Analyze the need for, composition of, and use of a Hospital Emergency Response Team during an emergency, MCI, or disaster situation.
Understand the hazards associated with Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) materials.
Identify the criteria used for assessing patient medical attention priority using triage systems.
Recognize the step-by-step procedures for ambulatory and no ambulatory decontamination performed in response to an MCI.
Select and use the appropriate level of PPE as hospital first receivers in response to a disaster involving patient contamination.
Understand and apply terms as Source Capture, Source Control, Barrier Face Coverings and Respiratory protection.
Apply the proper techniques for monitoring or surveying patients for chemical, biological, or radiological contamination.
Conduct appropriate cut-out and decontamination operations for victims and staff during response to an MCI involving contamination.