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ISRT has experienced staff that can assist you with:

·        Joint Commission Regulations

·        CMMS Regulations

·        Det Norske Veritas (DNV Healthcare Inc.)

·        Hazard Communication/Right to Know

·        Chemical Hygiene Plans

·        Lock-out/Tag-out

·        Disaster and Contingency Planning

·        Chemical Sampling & Monitoring

·        Safety Audits/Program Review

Patient Decontamination Programs

Did you realize that:

  • Surgical masks do not provide respiratory protection from chemicals
  • Bloodborne protective clothing is not a chemical barrier
  • Chemicals will pass through latex exam gloves
  • Water can not be used to decontaminate all patients and may cause adverse or violent reactions
  • Emergency response crews have become ill from treating chemically contaminated patients
  • Emergency response vehicles have been taken out of service for extended periods of time while being decontaminated

If you answered "NO" to any of these statements, then you need to read on . . .

Why this program?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has indicated that health care facilities would be subject to hazardous waste and emergency response regulations (29CFR1910.120) in handling a chemically contaminated patient. In addition to having a written plan and appropriate equipment, employees are expected to be trained to the level they are expected to perform.

At a minimum, staff who will be performing patient decontamination must meet the requirements of First Responder Operations Level. Other staff not actively involved in decontamination, but still a part of the response system, are required to be trained to the First Responder Awareness Level.

Each level of training has specific performance objectives identified in the regulations. This program is designed to assist health care facilities meet these, as well as other emergency preparedness requirements.

First Responder Awareness Level (4 hours):

This program is a prerequisite for First Responder Operations Level training. At the completion of this module, students will have covered the following topics:

  • Introduction to pertinent regulations and standards
  • Hazards associated with chemicals
  • Recognition and Identification of chemical contamination
  • Basic incident management and control
  • Notification protocols

First Responder Operations Level (12 hours):

Building upon the concepts learned at the awareness level, this program is designed for those individuals directly involved with patient decontamination. Instruction includes both classroom information and "hands-on" training the following:

  • Chemical toxicology
  • Chemical properties affecting response
  • Resource management
  • Chemical monitoring equipment
  • Chemical Protective Clothing - selection and use
  • Decontamination protocols implementing procedures learned on a simulated patient

Program Flexibility

Course content will be structured to include your facility's response procedures, where appropriate. Also, training modules can be presented in a variety of time formats to meet the scheduling needs of your staff.

Other specialty programs include:

  • On-site Spill Response
  • Responding to Fire Emergencies
  • Patient Evacuation Techniques  

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