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NCJ Number: 192808 Find in a Library
Title: Developing Objectives, Content, and Competencies for the Training of Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency Physicians, and Emergency Nurses to Care for Casualties Resulting From Nuclear, Biological, or Chemical (NBC) Incidents, Final Report
Corporate Author: Office of Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services
United States of America

American College of Emergency Physicians
United States of America
Date Published: April 2001
Page Count: 166
Sponsoring Agency: American College of Emergency Physicians

Office of Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20850
Contract Number: 282-98-0037
Sale Source: Office of Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services
Twinbrook Metro Plaza, Suite 360
12300 Twinbrook Parkway
Rockville, MD 20850
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report provides guidance on developing and training emergency medical service personnel to care for casualties resulting from incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.
Abstract: Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are those nuclear, biological, chemical, incendiary, or conventional explosive agents that pose a potential threat to health, safety, food supply, property, or the environment. Terrorist use of WMD is believed to be a significant threat to American society. Congress has recognized the threat by passing legislation to fund training for the enhancement of domestic preparedness and a number of presidential decision directives have addressed the threat. This report presents an overall scheme for providing, sustaining, and monitoring appropriate WMD-related educational experiences for Emergency Medical Technicians, emergency nurses, and emergency physicians. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Emergency Preparedness contracted with the American College of Emergency Physicians to identify the strategies required to prepare these target audiences to respond to WMD incidents. The report: (1) identifies needs, demands, and feasibility for NBC (nuclear, biological or chemical)-related training; (2) determines barriers and challenges; (3) develops goals and strategies; (4) reviews educational curricula for each of the audiences and of six existing courses; (5) defines levels of proficiency and develops associated behavioral objectives; (6) identifies methods for integrating WMD content into initial and continuing education and, for sustaining WMD knowledge and skills; and (7) specifies techniques to ensure continuing proficiencies. Accomplishing contract goals is the responsibility of a task force of individuals from key professional organizations that represent both potential audience and advocacy groups. The task force applied an instructional design methodology that provides a set of guidelines for information gathering and decision making, and encompasses analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Tables, references, acronyms, appendix
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crisis management; Decisionmaking; Domestic Preparedness; Emergency procedures; Emergency services training; Information collection; Medical Readiness; Task force reports; Terrorism/Mass Violence
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