The Brazos County Health Department, in partnership with the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Office of Homeland Security, will offer a Basic Disaster Life Support Course to be conducted April 18, 2008. The course will be held at The Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr., Bryan, Texas, room 102. The course will be conducted from 8am – 5pm. Pre-registration for the course is required. The course fee is $45 payable to the Brazos County Health Department. The American Medical Association designed the Basic Disaster Life Support course to teach the core concepts of disaster management. Issues covered in the curriculum include: natural and manmade disasters, traumatic and explosive events, nuclear and radiological weapon attacks, biological events, chemical events, medical decontamination, mitigating stress on health care workers, legal issues of disaster response, health care facility and disaster planning, and mass fatality incidents. The course is being conducted nationally in an attempt to standardize the skills and knowledge necessary to increase readiness for disasters. This class is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, paramedics, first responders and emergency management personnel who would have a role in a disaster response. AMA Certification in BDLS will be provided upon completion of the course. In addition, the course meets CFR 1910.120 requirements for Hazardous Materials Awareness. A comprehensive manual containing course materials will be presented to each participant. 7.5 CME hours have been approved for physicians 8 hours approved for nurses and EMS For further information or to register for the course, contact Mike Paulus or Kate Jackson at the Brazos County Health Department – (979) 361-4450. Payment may be made in advance or the morning of the class.
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