Jefferson Health

Bioterrorism & Disaster Preparedness Center

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The Jefferson Bioterrorism and Disaster Preparedness Center provides continuing education to the nation's healthcare workforce regarding disaster preparedness training and exercises.

Our programs focus on various types of training tailored to the needs of the specific students and agency including didactic presentations, hands-on training with advanced simulators and exercise development. The programs cover threats from deliberate or accidental chemical, biological, radiological and explosive events, as well as natural disasters.

Emergency Preparedness Courses

Our objective is to bring weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and emergency response training to healthcare facilities at their location. The Bioterrorism and Disaster Preparedness Center will offer a course at your location that will be custom tailored to meet the requirements of your staff and facility.

The Courses

The courses we offer range from a one-hour lecture presentation to 4- to 8-hour programs including hands-on modules. The courses consist of a didactic module that will cover:

  • The threat of terrorism and WMDs
  • Specific threats such as nuclear radiation, chemical agents, blasts and explosives
  • The medical management of these threats
  • Review of incident management systems, communications and the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) may be included if appropriate for the target audience

The practical component consists of skills stations where students will learn how to put on and take off various protective gear (don and doff), decontamination procedures and the medical management of patients with state-of-the-art computerized simulation mannequins.

Depending on your needs, the course can then proceed with a functional or full-scale exercise that will be Joint Commission-compliant for hospitals.

The course will conclude with an After Action round table discussion of the exercise. The drill can be videotaped at your request and can be used in-house by your organization for future reference and training.

An optional tabletop exercise can be presented in order to practice and evaluate your organization's incident command system and disaster plan.

More About Our Training Program

Depending on the program developed, there may be multiple instructors at your training event who are experts in various disciplines. The team varies by the specific program but may consist of EMTs, paramedics, nurses, firefighters, physicians and emergency managers.

Continuing education credits can be awarded to EMTs, paramedics, nurses, physicians and pharmacists.

This course, with all the staff and equipment, can be held at your location, at your convenience, adjusted for your specific needs. This is a high-quality program that will have a direct positive effect on the operations of your facility in a large-scale event. We can tailor the course to challenge even the most advanced provider.

The cost depends on the complexity of the program.

How to Set Up a Training Event at Your Location

To discuss the available programs or to set up a training event at your location, please call the Center at 215-955-1777.


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