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Health Careers Education
Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
This course includes these aspects of emergency preparedness and disaster training: preparation and planning, detection and communication, incident management and support systems, safety and security, clinical/public health assessment and intervention, contingency, continuity and recovery and public health law and ethics. This is a new course for surgical technology, however it could be offered in any career major.
Cindy Schneider
Program Specialist
At then conclusion of this course the learner will be expected to:
1. Describe disasters or public health emergencies that impact public health including different
of disasters (natural, unintentional, and terrorist events.
2. Describe the all-hazards framework.
3. Explain key components of personal, family, institutional, community and regional disaster
preparation and planning as related to the following:
a. Available informational resources
b. Special needs of individuals
c. Precautions and actions for protection
d. Detection
e. Immediate response
f. Short term Interventions
g. Long term Interventions
4. Describe communication strategies and procedures used in a disaster including barriers to
communicating and disseminating health information, reporting systems and procedures for
contacting family, co-workers and local authorities.
5. Describe the purpose and relevance of disaster support services including rationale for
integration and coordination for all systems:
a. National response Framework (NRF)
b. National incident Management (NIMS)
c. Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)
6. Describe the potential impact of mass casualties on the clinical and public health resources
including infection control precautions, personal protective equipment and decontamination
7. Explain the role of triage as a basis for prioritizing or rationing health care services for victims.
8. Describe the possible medical and mental health consequences, interventions and solutions for
managing those affected including the psychological, emotional, cultural, religious and forensic
considerations for management of mass fatalities and the resources, supplies and services
a. Immediate care
b. Mass facility management
c. Mass evacuation
d. Mass sheltering
e. Prolonged sheltering
9. Explain both the basic life-saving and life-support principles and procedures that can be used at
a disaster scene.
10. Describe issues relevant to the management of individuals of all ages, populations and
communities affected by a disaster or public health emergency:
a. Moral
b. Ethical
c. Legal
d. Regulatory
11. Describe the support roles of the surgical technologist, or other health care providers, as
applicable to a specific Career Major, in a disaster.
Surgical Technologist - CTTC

Surgical Technologist - NBSTSA


Surgical Technologist Skill Standards

- Aligns with the Association of Surgical

Surgical Technologist (NBSTSA)

Technologist - CTTC
Association of Surgical Technologists Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology, Sixth Edition This contains specific content to include when teaching students and must be included in course beginning in 2013.

Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Therapeutic Services Surgical Technologist (Accredited Program)