Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute
University of Maryland

Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS)

  Objective: To provide health care providers with the knowledge and skills required to recognize and manage "all-hazards" threats (nuclear, biological, chemical, explosive and natural disasters).

Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to recognize and manage "all-hazards" threats (nuclear, biological, chemical, explosive and natural disasters). Students must successfully perform the practical skills evaluation.

Course Content: Major topics include MASS Triage, community and hospital disaster planning, media and communications during disasters and mass fatality management.

Methods of Instruction: Lecture, small group interactive sessions, hands-on practicum exercises and skills stations.

Four skills stations reinforce the learning completed on Day 1 of this course. These skills stations are as follows:

  • MASS Triage - This challenging station allows the students to practice the concepts of the disaster paradigm with an emphasis on patient triage. Students must practice triage on simulated disaster victims 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 techniques. 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.

  • Human Patient 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 provides a more realistic experience than normal manikins would allow.

NOTE: In order to maintain credentials, a renewal course is required every three years.

The continuing education hours are approved by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) and the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) and are recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)
      Location: MFRI Headquarters
4500 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park, MD 20742
      Date: June 6, 2013 - June 7, 2013      
      Times: 08:00 - 17:00      
      Fee: There is no charge for this program.      
  Seating priority will be given to Maryland residents.

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