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Disaster Response Training in the Marshall Islands

Posted on | February 26, 2010 | Comments Off on Disaster Response Training in the Marshall Islands

Majuro health professionals treat a Human Patient Simulator with nerve agent exposure.

A team of Mānoa National Disaster Life Support certified instructors who are part of the Pacific EMPRINTS program flew to the Marshall Islands during January 2010 to conduct courses in basic disaster life support and advanced disaster life support. Over a three-day period, the team trained 45 health professionals, emergency responders and other key health personnel selected by the Majuro Ministry of Health.

The team consisted of NDLS-certified instructors—Mānoa’s William Haning III, Elizabeth Char, Anna Daddario and Ann Sakaguchi, and Kapiʻolani’s Christopher Crabtree.

The basic course lays the foundation for emergency management responders and healthcare professionals to address disaster readiness in a uniform, coordinated approach to mass casualty management and other public health emergencies. The advanced practicum course allows students to demonstrate competencies in casualty decontamination, specific disaster skills and mass casualty incident information systems/technology applications.

“These trainings will help health professionals better prepare and respond to natural, technological, terrorist and other public health emergencies such as pandemic influenzas and other infectious diseases,” says Sakaguchi.

Read the news release.