The emergency department (ED) has become the major diagnostic and resuscitation site for Americans to receive their health care. Originally designed to handle health care emergencies, the ED now sees all types of clients, including those involved in a mass casualty incident.
The purpose/goal of this course is to describe casualty incidents, the role of the Incident Command System, methods for handling mass casualty incidents (including blast injuries and post-traumatic stress reactions), and recognition and treatment of key biological agents.
At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will do the following:
• Explain the evolution of emergency nursing and the concept of triage.
• Describe a mass casualty incident (MCI).
• Explain the Incident Command System (ICS), including the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS).
• Describe the emergency operations plan, including the areas of personal protective equipment (PPE), hazardous materials (hazmat), and decontamination.
• Identify key biological warfare and biological agents and describe emergency preparedness in relationship to their use.
• Describe the clinical presentations and treatment for smallpox, plague, and Ebola.
• Describe the clinical presentations and treatment for anthrax and West Nile virus.
• Explain blast injury symptoms.
• Describe the symptoms of and treatment for stress reactions following a traumatic event.
Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
A maximum of 1.75 contact hours may be earned for successful completion of this activity.
Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 13664, for 1.75 contact hours.
This activity is an online enduring material. Successful completion is achieved by reading and/or viewing the material(s), reflecting on its implications in your practice, and completing the assessment component.
The ideas and opinions presented in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Annenberg Center and/or its agents. As in all educational activities, we encourage practitioners to use their own judgement in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account that patient’s unique clinical situation. The Annenberg Center disclaims all liability and cannot be held responsible for any problems that may arise from participating in this activity or following treatment recommendations presented.
The estimated time to complete the activity is 1.75 hour(s).
This course released on June 1, 2017 and expires on May 31, 2019.