Communication Gap: Linking First Responders and First Receivers
This course hopes to bridge the communication gap between first responders (e.g., EMS staff in the field) and first receivers (e.g., emergency room personnel at a hospital) in the event of a terrorist attack. Topics that will be covered in this course include: orientation to duties and expectations of both first responders and first receivers, channels and methods of communication, responder information collection at scene and clear communication guidelines during handoff at a hospital.
Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students
- Identify the differences between first responders and first receivers
- Identify the differences between information needed by the responders (from the hospital) and by the receivers (from the responders)
- List examples of information that a first responder would request from the hospital and assess the capacity of first receivers to give it
- List examples of information that a first receiver would request from the first responder and assess the capacity of first responders to give it
- Define plain (or common) language and demonstrate an understanding of its importance within Incident Command System
- Explain the pros and cons of triage pre- and post-decon in the field and at the hospital
- Define START and explain how both first responders and first receivers fit into its protocol
- Recognize the major parts of a triage tag and demonstrate familiarity with both creating and reading one
- Describe decontamination procedures
- List the types of information that the first responder should be able to collect at the scene and convey to the first receivers
- Identify the questions that first responders may need answers to when calling from the field
Amy E. Vinturella, MS, ScD
- 3.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 3.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Communication Gap: Linking First Responders and First Receivers
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