The purpose of the 16-hour course was to provide participants with an understanding of what hazardous materials are and their associated risks.
Throughout the course, associates received training on hazardous materials emergencies as well as insight on the ability to recognize and identify the presence of hazardous materials.
In the event the hospital would receive a patient that had been exposed to a hazardous material, they must know and be trained on decontamination issues. The participants received hands-on experience with the proper personal protective equipment as well as demonstrations on how to implement basic decontamination procedures.
Skeet Dickinson, an instructor for the Department of Defense's (Counter-Terrorism) Domestic Preparedness Program, served as the course instructor.
For the past 14 years, Dickinson has provided hospital-based decontamination training to more than 6,000 healthcare providers and is recognized nationally.