Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s):
  • Dave E. Swift, R.R.T. (Revised Edition)
  • Aimee D. Green, MAOM, BA, RRT, RCP (Original)
Peer Reviewer(s): Amanda T. Creel, RN, BS, NRP
Item#: V7204
Contents: 1 Course Book (66 pages)

Emergency Preparedness and Response for Healthcare Professionals, 2nd Edition



Price $19.95
Item # V7204
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Although many healthcare centers have prepared emergency response plans and require that staff read them annually, the reality is that there is a significant gap between reading and understanding the information provided. Reading a carefully developed plan is not the same as actually attempting to put it into action. Utilizing alternate standards of care without having reviewed, practiced, and discussed them prior to an actual event makes them difficult to implement in an actual disaster.  

This course is designed to provide the healthcare professional with the knowledge to apply and integrate the four phases of emergency management into his or her practice. This knowledge will provide the healthcare professional with the critical tools required to understand, provide expert feedback on, and apply this information to their healthcare facility’s Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) response plan. 

Florida - Fulfills your 2 hour emergency preparedness requirement.  

AARC Approval #143902000

Course Objectives
  • Identify the four phases of emergency management.
  • Describe the key components of each phase of emergency management.
  • Identify the classification of disasters or mass casualty incidents.
  • Classify the levels of disaster response.
  • Develop a response plan based upon the type of incident casualty.
  • Develop a response plan and alternate resource planning for disasters.
  • Identify the recovery phases in disaster or mass casualty incident management.
Dave E. Swift, R.R.T. (Revised Edition), has been a registered respiratory therapist since 1983. In 1999, Mr. Swift was tasked with facilitating his organization’s (Ottawa Hospital) preparation for Y2K. Taking an active interest in emergency preparedness, he began his training in disaster and emergency preparedness. In 2007, Mr. Swift became the subject matter expert and respiratory therapy team lead for the National Office of the Healthcare Emergency Response Team (NOHERT), a Canadian federal team for Health Canada. His instruction included chemical, biological, radiation, and nuclear (CBRN) train-the-trainer (provided by the Canadian Security and Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army Medical Command, Dietrich, Maryland), emergency response in austere locations, and disaster management and planning. With the disbanding of NOHERT in 2012, Mr. Swift continued his activities as a monthly columnist for the Advance for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine and assisted with the review and update of the Strategic National Stockpile (including the national mechanical ventilator pool’s selection). As a charge therapist and campus coordinator at the Ottawa Hospital – Civic campus, Mr. Swift’s responsibilities include developing and maintaining his department’s emergency response plan. Because of its location in Canada’s national capital, the Ottawa Hospital is designated as the lead organization in any CBRN event.

Aimee D. Green, MAOM, BA, RRT, RCP, (Original) has more than 15 years of clinical experience with respiratory patients. She is currently the director of clinical education as well as a respiratory care instructor at Missouri State University, in West Plains. Aimee has an associate of applied science degree in respiratory therapy from Sanford-Brown College in Kansas City, Missouri, a bachelor of arts degree in healthcare management from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, and a master of arts degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. She is also currently attending Missouri State University to receive her master of science degree in public health. Aimee has a wide range of experience in sleep medicine therapies, home care, adult and pediatric airway management, conflict management, educational course development, and more. She has volunteered with the American Red Cross, Wings of Hope, and the International Children’s Heart Foundation, among others. Aimee has written for Mosby’s Evolve Skills series and for Advance for Respiratory Care Practitioners, Respiratory Therapy: The Journal of Pulmonary Technique, and several courses accredited by the AARC.

Amanda T. Creel, RN, BS, NRP, is a full-time faculty instructor at the University of South Alabama Department of Emergency Medical Services Education. Ms. Creel received her bachelor of science from the University of South Alabama in Adult Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Emergency Medical Service Education and is pursuing her masters degree at the Grand Canyon University. She has been an emergency room nurse since 2002. Ms. Creel is also a medical specialist with the Alabama Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team that responds to any and all disasters when needed. In all, Ms. Creel has spent more than 20 years in emergency settings.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered, unless otherwise indicated with an expiration date.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.