Education & Training

Previously Completed Training Opportunities/Events

Chicago Area

September 28, 2013: DuPage County Public Health Preparedness Mass Vaccination Drill  (Information)


Recommended Competencies

Core Disaster Life SupportTM (CDLS)

Core Disaster Life SupportTM is an instructor-led course designed for all public health care personnel and social workers, clergy, and mental health personnel, administrators and planners. CDLSTM is intended to provide a basic uniform standard of competencies, skills and knowledge to health care and public health responders for WMD response.

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Define All-Hazards Terminology
  • Recognize potential public health emergencies (PHE) and their causes, risks and consequences
  • Define the D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R™ paradigm
  • List scene priorities of a mass casualty incident (MCI) response
  • Describe pre-hospital and hospital medical components of a disaster incident response
  • Describe personal protective equipment (PPE) and decontamination
  • Describe the role of your local public health system in PHE's
  • Describe planning initiatives in Illinois and locally

Basic Disaster Life SupportTM (BDLS)

Basic Disaster Life SupportTM addresses the need to standardize emergency response and treatment for mass disasters, terrorism and other public health emergencies. BDLSTM is intended to provide an intermediate, uniform standard of competencies, skills and knowledge to front line health care and public health responders for WMD response. It focuses equally on the clinical and public health aspects of disaster. This course is geared to the needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, allied health professionals, public health professionals and veterinarians.

Skills Gained:

  • All Hazards Course Overview, a review of the D.I.S.A.S.T.E.R. Paradigm
  • Natural and Accidental Man-made Disasters
  • Traumatic and Explosive Events
  • Nuclear and Radiological Events
  • Biological Events
  • Chemical Events
  • Casualty Decontamination
  • Inoculation Training
  • Critical Incident Stress - Psychological Impact of Disasters
  • The Public Health System including media and communications utilization, regulatory and legal issues of event management, community and hospital disaster planning and community, state and federal disaster resources

Advanced Disaster Life SupportTM (ADLS)

Advanced Disaster Life SupportTM is an advanced practicum of the principles introduced in Basic Disaster Life Support™ (BDLS™) designed for persons on specialized response teams. ADLSTM is intended to provide an advanced, uniform standard of competencies, skills and knowledge to front line health care and public health responders for WMD response. Successful completion of the BDLSTM course is a prerequisite. This is a two-day course consisting of eight hours of didactic training and eight hours of hands-on training on an Emergency Care Simulator.

Day 1

ADLSTM includes lectures on the following:

  • MASS Triage™ in detail
  • Community and hospital disaster planning
  • Media and communications during disasters
  • Mass fatality management
  • In addition, small group interactive sessions allow students to work through a series of difficult questions of disaster management in a table top format

Day 2

Four skills stations reinforce the previous day's learning. These skills stations include the following:

  • MASS Triage™- This challenging station allows the students to practice the concepts of the disaster paradigm with an emphasis on patient triage. Simulated disaster victims must be triaged and treated correctly while attempting to manage a chaotic scene and request appropriate resources.
  • PPE and Decontamination - This station teaches important concepts about the use of Personal Protective Equipment and decontamination technique. Students are given the opportunity to wear PPE and participate in a simulated decontamination while attempting to render medical care.
  • Disaster Skills - This station teaches important information about vital skills necessary for medical disaster management. Students are taught vital information on the Strategic National Stockpile and proper Mark-I kit use. Students are also allowed to practice smallpox immunization.
  • Emergency Care Simulator - Recognition of victims of a chemical and biological disaster is paramount. This station is designed to reinforce the detection and proper treatment of conditions that may occur during disasters that we do not normally treat. Treatment of chemical, biological, and traumatic patients is covered. The use of these high fidelity simulators allows the student to see, hear and feel information that would normally be provided by an instructor. It allows for a more realistic experience than normal manikins would allow.

BDLSTM-certified individuals are eligible to take the ADLSTM course. The instructor-led presentation of ADLSTM is a sixteen credit-hour course; eight hours of classroom lectures and eight hours of hands-on practicum exercises. To maintain these credentials, renewal training is required every three years. Meets the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Code of Federal Regulations 1910.120 requirement for Hazardous Materials Awareness. Learn About:

  • Casualty decontamination and the use of PPE
  • Essential skills lab-smallpox vaccination
  • All-hazards training skill scenarios utilizing mock disaster drills and human patient simulators
  • MCI information systems and technology applications