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Goals and Learning Outcomes

Disaster responders share a common goal: To maximize patient survival while ensuring their safety and those in their team. The pre-hospital setting (e.g., EMS personnel, firefighters, and law enforcement) plays a critical role in the initial response and coordination of medical services. In the hospital setting, the interdisciplinary team responds to a sudden patient surge. Communication, care coordination, and preservation of community lifelines are major lessons learned from previous disasters. This course features an overview of disaster management, its stages, and the appropriate triage of patients. Disaster preparedness of healthcare personnel will help care for patient populations affected by them more effectively.
The goal of this course is to prepare emergency medical service professionals, nursing, pharmacy professionals, and physicians in the acute care setting with an overview of disaster management response.


After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the four stages of disaster management
  • Explain how to triage a patient using disaster triage criteria
  • Review key factors to include in an institution-specific action plan for mass casualty incidents
  • Discuss the role of the healthcare team in disaster preparation and intervention
  • Identify key factors to include in an organization's disaster management plan.
  • Define patient disaster triage criteria and the role of the healthcare team in disaster preparation.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/24

Course Originally Released On: 12/01/21

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, Kansas State Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Michigan Board of Nursing, Mississippi Board of Nursing, New Hampshire Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, North Dakota Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and West Virginia Board Of Registered Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.