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Maureen Remmel ([email protected])
External Communications Manager
For Immediate Release:
June 16, 2016
Milwaukee, Wis., – On Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Department of Emergency Medicine, Section of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Disaster Medicine, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Program and the National Disaster Life Support Foundation, will conduct an Advanced Disaster Life Support™ (ADLS®) training on the Milwaukee campus.
This 15-hour training is designed for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and students in health professional schools, and allows participants to demonstrate competencies in mass casualty management. Training includes population health scenarios, a mass casualty triage tabletop and situational training exercise, surge tabletop scenarios for a health care facility, personal protective equipment skills, decontamination process review, casualty clinical management in simulated scenarios, and an emergency operations center situational training exercise.
“As recent events have shown, there is an increasing number of natural and intentional catastrophic incidents occurring in our country that require a community-wide response,” explains Jason. M. Liu, MD, MPH, associate professor, section of EMS and disaster medicine, department of emergency medicine at MCW. “These events have demonstrated the obvious need for a well-trained team to stabilize a situation and provide life-saving treatment. In a large-scale incident, responders must not only know how to care for patients, but be able to efficiently coordinate among and communicate with local, state and federal emergency response agencies, protect themselves and others from further harm, and address the psychological impact and related social chaos that may arise.”
The National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) curriculum offered by the Regional Training Center at MCW, has been nationally vetted and provides an established method of recognizing and responding to disasters. By bringing together personnel from various agencies and organizations across the state, this program helps to standardize operations and build a network for the effective exchange of information. The training also promotes standardized high-quality, evidence-based medical care in disaster and mass casualty events to improve the ability to treat and save the lives of victims and responders that are involved in a mass casualty incident.
MCW’s Section of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine has operated an official NDLS Regional Training Center since 2008 and has a NDLS-certified infrastructure, including facilities, equipment, and faculty. Faculty from this center have authored and reviewed lectures and textbooks used in the national curriculum. Over the years, the center has delivered numerous courses that have trained hundreds of healthcare professionals throughout the state. MCW’s center is currently the only active NDLS Regional Training Center in Wisconsin.