In the aftermath of a large-scale disaster or public health emergency, the indirect public health consequences reflect the breakdown of health care and social services, systems and infrastructure. Loss of the most essential elements of life, including food, water, shelter, and clothing, may lead to increased population mortality and morbidity.
The Advanced Disaster Life Support™ (ADLS®) Course v.3.0 is a competency-based, operations-level course that applies clinical and population-based principles to the management of mass casualty events. This course is designed to prepare health professionals for catastrophic events that can seriously impact the ability of public and private response systems to meet the needs of affected populations.
The ADLS course is an intensive, two-day advanced practicum that allows students to demonstrate competencies in casualty decontamination, surge capacity management, and mass casualty incident information systems/technology applications. Using simulated, all-hazards scenarios and mass causality incidents, the ADLS course makes use of interactive sessions in which participants treat simulated patients in various disaster drills and situations. Training is focused on the development of hands-on skills to allow participants to apply the knowledge learned in the Basic Disaster Life Support™ course.
This book can be used as a stand-alone resource as well as the supporting document for the 16-hour ADLS course that can be taken at any approved National Disaster Life Support™ (NDLS™) Training Center.