Hospital First Receiver

Who Needs the Training?

Hospitals that are expected to handle contaminated or potentially contaminated patients will need to be properly trained. Exposure to harmful chemicals is often thought to occur during a terror event, but realistically a contaminated patient is more likely to present from an accidental release. These releases are often a result of a transportation or industrial facility accident. This training is based on OSHA Best Practices.

Employees of the hospital that need the training are; Emergency Department Staff, Maintenance & Engineering, Security, Environmental Services, and Nursing Supervisors. Additional employees that may need the training may be; Lab personnel, Respiratory Therapist, Admissions, Clerical, and Health & Safety.

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First Receiver Operations – This course exceeds the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Joint Commission on the Accreditation on Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requirements for hospitals. During this two day training session participants will be able to recognize hazardous materials, perform hazard and risk assessments, determine and dress in the appropriate personal protective equipment, and how to perform effective patient decontamination.

Refresher – Participants will review the information covered in the First Receiver Operations course. In addition to the review new information is added to the skills previously performed. The new material often includes facility specific information.

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Course Requirements

• Minimum of ten participants per class
• Two consecutive eight hour days are preferred
• Night and weekend classes are available to accommodate shift work
• Recommended that participants take the following FEMA courses:
• NIMS IS-200 HC
• Participants should be familiar with the facilities Emergency Response Plan
• Room conducive to proper training session and number of participants

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Facility Specific Training

While the First Receiver Operations course covers the required information, E-Med Training Services incorporates site specific information about the facility into the training. All equipment used during the training is actual equipment at the hospital so participants will not be trained on equipment that they will never use. An additional advantage to training at your hospital is being able to learn real life scenarios and how they will affect your facility. Current plans such as where to set up decontamination corridors can be tested and revised with the aid of our experienced instructors. By training at your facility no travel costs are incurred or loss of work days due to travel.

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Additional Services

E-Med Training Services can also offer preventive maintenance for emergency response equipment. This includes all the equipment utilized in the decontamination process. A common oversight by most facilities after purchasing the needed equipment is failure to maintain it in a state of readiness. Because this equipment is life safety equipment it needs to properly maintained during its designated life cycle. Several pieces of the standard equipment cache has a standard life expectancy, therefore these items need to be checked for expiration.

Another common oversight by hospitals is not purchasing enough equipment, or all the required pieces. E-Med can offer assistance in completing the purchase of equipment or recommending the appropriate pieces of missing equipment to fulfill the required equipment cache.

Current Clients

Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia, SC

Palmetto Health Baptist, Columbia, SC

Sisters of Charity Providence Hospital (Downtown), Columbia, SC

Sisters of Charity Providence Hospital (Northeast), Blythewood, SC

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