Disaster and Mass Casualty Incident Planning Guide

About the Course
Introducing the concept of creating a disaster-planning guide for a healthcare facility initially may raise eyebrows because society assumes that every facility is already prepared for anything. Both state and federal agencies have pushed, nudged, and offered resources to facilities to “get prepared,” yet the reality is that most facilities have only a basic emergency preparedness plan for a specific type of regional disaster based on their best guess of which event will occur. While facilities cannot fully prepare for everything, this basic-level course is intended to help healthcare professionals, emergency management, and administrators develop basic plans that can be implemented in response to an unexpected disaster or mass casualty incident. 

Learning Objectives 
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Analyze the development of an emergency management plan, including disaster planning requirements, risk assessment and evaluation, identification of essential services, and the disaster planning team 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the six key elements of an emergency operations plan 
  • Examine the steps required to evacuate a healthcare facility 
  • Illustrate recovery planning when returning to normal operations after a disaster or mass casualty incident is over 
About the Author
Katie is a pharmacist and freelance writer specializing in pharmacy education. She works as a consultant pharmacist in Portland, Oregon, serving skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in the area. Katie also has over six years of experience working as a staff pharmacist at a community pharmacy in Seattle. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 2009 with a doctor of pharmacy degree. .

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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