Hazmat for Health Care Providers: Awareness Level

Online Course
1 hour
University of Iowa
Upper Midwest PERLC
Responder Safety and Health

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This course is intended for health care workers in a hospital environment who may potentially have contact with a contaminated patient. The presence of hazardous materials in an Emergency Department is a risk to everyone - hospital personnel, patients and other people within the hospital. During HAZMAT incidents, hospital personnel should have two main goals: - To protect both themselves and others from exposure to the hazardous material - To provide the same level of care for the contaminated patient as any other patient This course is intended to help you respond to incidents involving hazardous materials in a way that meets these two goals.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Distinguish between a first responder and a first receiver
  • Describe how a HAZMAT incident evolves, and what a hospital emergency department can expect
  • Recognize the presence of a hazardous material in the emergency department
  • List the essential components of a HAZMAT response plan
  • Understand your facility's HAZMAT policies/procedures and your role
  • List important issues to consider when dealing with contaminated patients
  • List the facts an emergency department needs to know about a HAZMAT incident in order to implement a response plan
  • Identify which hazardous substances are most prevalent in Iowa and in your community
  • Describe the following about the most prevalent hazardous substances: general signs and symptoms of exposure, and where they are typically found
PHEP Capabilities: 
Community Preparedness
Responder Safety and Health
Medical Countermeasure Dispensing
Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
Medical Surge