Emory NDLS Training Center

Emory is a certified regional National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) Training Center. Through the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response and Emory's Department of Emergency Medicine, Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Emory offers NDLS program courses both on campus and regionally.  

The Georgia Department of Health and Georgia Poison Centers is partnering with Emory to offer a number of courses Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. For the current course listing, please see the Georgia Department of Public Health Training Calendar (PDF 39KB). 

Courses  Course Descriptions
ADLS Advanced Disaster Life Support course is an intense two-day course that allows participants to demonstrate competencies in mass casualty management. Core education elements include the ADLS manual and five interactive lectures (Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Triage in Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Health System Surge Capacity for Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Community Health Emergency Operations and Response; and Legal and Ethical Issues in Disasters). Essential training components include population scenarios discussion; mass casualty triage tabletop and situational training exercises; surge tabletop scenario for a health care facility; personal protective equipment skills performance and decontamination video review; casualty management in small groups with simulated scenarios; and emergency operations center situational training exercise. ADLS requires learners to apply knowledge learned in the Core Disaster Life Support® (CDLS®) and Basic Disaster Life Support™ (BDLS®) courses.
BDLS Basic Disaster Life Support course is a seven hour competency-based, awareness-level course that introduces concepts and principles to prepare health professionals for the management of injuries and illnesses caused by disasters and public health emergencies.  The primary focus of the BDLS course is incorporation of an “all-hazards” approach to mass casualty management and population-based care across a broad range of disasters. Measures to ensure and enhance health workforce readiness are emphasized throughout the course. This includes a consistent and scalable approach to workforce protection and casualty management, as well as, mass casualty triage and fatality management.
CDLS Core Disaster Life Support course is a 3.5 hour competency-based, awareness-level course that introduces clinical and public health concepts and principles for the management of disasters and public health emergencies.  The course incorporates the “all-hazards” approach to personal, institutional, and community disaster management through the use of two unique mnemonics, the PRE-DISASTER Paradigm™ and the DISASTER Paradigm™.
FMCC Fundamentals of Mass Casuality Care is an awareness-level presentation dealing with the basics of caring for victims after the occurrence of a mass-casualty incident or disaster.  It introduces students to the all-hazards model for disaster planning/response, as well as such concepts as detection, declaration, incident management, safety/security, assessment of hazards, support resources, disaster triage/treatment, evacuation, and recovery.
BST   BioSafety Transport Course is an eight hour course that deals with the safety aspects of transporting patients who have (or are suspected of having) highly communicable diseases.  The target audience for the course is EMS providers of all types/levels/certifications as well as any other personnel who may be involved in transporting infectious patients. The course consists of 4 hours of classroom instruction in relevant topics such as: -infection control postures/precautions -ambulance modification and specialty equipment for transport of the highly infectious patient -features/caveats of high-risk infectious diseases(ie- viral hemorrhagic fevers, smallpox, TB, Meningitis, etc...) The classroom instruction is followed by 4 hours of practical exercise in the following areas: -dressing out/modifying an ambulance for use in a high-risk transport -donning/doffing N-95 mask and gown and other PPE -donning/doffing Level C PPE with the use of PAPR (powered air-purifying respirator)
Hospital Decon  Hospital Decontamination training is a two-day course that trains students how to decontaminate large numbers of victims from a chemical or radiological event and encompasses how to coordinate and train large numbers of non-medical personnel required and equipped to provide these services. Although healthcare providers in PPE will be needed to render immediate care and triage victims, the majority of the workforce to provide decontamination in a disaster of this nature should be non-medical providers that are hospital based personnel.