May 28, 2024  
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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HA 340 - Emergency Preparedness

Natural and manmade disasters have grabbed the headlines in the past few years.  Accrediting, licensing, and regulatory organizations have developed standards for emergency planning for medical providers.   Even when plans are in place, there is often a nagging doubt whether they truly prepare staff for all factors faced in extreme situations.  Health care organizations need skilled leaders to address emergency preparedness and medical disaster planning. Thorough emergency plans and disaster drills can prepare healthcare workers for the potential of an emergency. This course will provide participants with current information on a variety of topics to better address emergency preparedness for healthcare systems before, during, and after disasters.


Prerequisites & Notes
HA 205 or LTC 210, or equivalent

Assignment Overview
Term-based with 12 weekly lessons and a final

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to demonstrate leadership skills in the following:

  1. Identify the different types of emergencies that may occur within health organizations or within the community that requires health facility response.
  2. Understand security, risk communication and media activities in disasters and other emergencies.
  3. Describe patient management in disaster response including trauma, triage, mass fatality management and coordination with outside agencies.
  4. Apply best practices for drill and exercise design and evaluation.
  5. Create an emergency plan for a health organization.

Credits: 3

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