Emergencies can occur at any time, often without warning. In order to respond safely, one must be prepared, and trained for response regularly. If a responder become sick, injured or is ill prepared during a response, he may actually hinder the rescue effort. For this reason personal safety of responder is critically important in both pre and post deployment conditions. This course provides details regarding health hazards that can be expected while working in emergency conditions and also recommends coping strategies for responders.
Emergencies can occur at any time, often without warning. In order to respond safely, one must be prepared, and trained for response regularly. If a responder becomes sick, injured or is ill prepared during a response, he may actually hinder the rescue effort. For this reason, the personal safety of responder is critically important in both pre and post deployment conditions. This course provides details regarding health hazards that can be expected while working in emergency conditions and also recommends coping strategies for responders. This course has been adapted from the Center for Public Health Preparedness - University at Albany School of Public Health under a creative commons license and modified according to prevailing trends in the Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs).
After completing this course students will be able to understand:
- Types of emergencies and their social and economic impacts;
- Common injuries and health hazards encountered during an emergency;
- Responder's pre deployment planning, personal safety and post deployment responsibilities; and
- Psychological impact of the disaster and coping strategies.
This module starts with an introduction to the types of emergencies that can be encountered and who will respond to them. Next, it explains the common health hazards that are associated with emergency situations and responder's pre and post deployment planning. It also focuses on social, economic and psychological impacts of disasters. To successfully complete this course all the given quizzes at the end of the module are necessary to complete.
Module 01: Emergencies and Responder Preparedness
This module explains the types of natural, intentional and unintentional man made hazards and their social and economic impact on society. It also explains the quadrant system to evaluate emergencies.
Module 02: Possible Health Consequences of Disaster
This module provides an insight about the types of dangers that can be encountered during an emergency, common physical injuries, carbon monoxide poisoning, temperature related illness and other potential health risks.
Module 03: Responder Health Safety and Preparedness
This session explains activities to accomplish before deployment by responders, activities that will keep responders safe and healthy during deployment and their post-deployment activity.
Module 04: Psychological Impacts of Disasters
This session discusses the psychological impacts of disaster response, post-traumatic stress disorder and coping strategies for stress.
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This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.
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POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.
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