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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.
- 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