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Advanced Disaster Medical Response (ADMR)

Description: The management of the medical and public health effects of contemporary disasters, whether natural or man-made, is one of the most significant challenges facing today’s medical providers. Disaster medical care is NOT the same as conventional medical care. Disaster medical care requires a fundamental change in the care of disaster victims in order to achieve the objective of providing “the greatest good for the greatest number of victims.”

A consistent medical approach to disasters, based on an understanding of their common features and the response they require, is the accepted practice throughout the world. This strategy, called the Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Response, has the primary objective of reducing the mortality and morbidity caused by the disaster. The ADMR course focuses on the key principles of disaster medical response and specific disaster scenarios such as blast and crush injuries.

 The accompanying manual, developed by the International Trauma and Disaster Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, is a comprehensive handbook for multidisciplinary disaster responders. A copy of Advanced Disaster Medical Response Manual for Providers will be provided to course participants.                                                                                                                                   

General Objective: To train multidisciplinary medical personnel in the basics of disaster medical response and the management of specific disaster scenarios. 

Specific Objectives: The Advanced Disaster Medical Response Course is designed to train multidisciplinary medical response  personnel in:

  1. General principles of disaster medical care (incident command system, disaster triage, gross decontamination)
  2. Management of weapons of mass destruction (biological, chemical and radioactive agents)
  3. Management of specific disaster scenarios(blast, crush and extremity injuries).                                                                                                                                  

Target Audience (who should attend): Surgical Specialists, Medical Specialists, Anesthesiologists, Intensivists, EMS responders, Nurses, Residents, Medical Students, & Disaster Responders (fire, police, other).

Course Agenda: Pre-Test and Post-Test, Mass Casualty Incident Management, Incident Command System, Medical Response to Disasters, Decontamination, Weapons of Mass Destruction (biological, chemical, radioactive agents), Specific Disaster Injuries (blast, crush, extremity).

Manual available in the following languages: English, Spanish, & Portuguese and will be provided to course participants during registration.

Pre-Test & Post-Test: Onsite Administration                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Evaluation Form: Onsite Administration                                                                                                                                                                                                                Certificate: Onsite Administration (if course fee is paid prior to course) or E-mail Administration (upon receipt of payment post-course).

Course Duration: 1 day

Course Director & Faculty: Course directors and faculty must be experts in the field of trauma and disaster. The director and faculty can be international or local experts. All course directors and faculty must be pre-approved.

Please Contact:                                                                                                  

Susan M. Briggs, MD, MPH, FACS                                                                                                                                          Phone: 617-726-3597 | 617-726-3597

Dr. Bruno Pereira                                                                             

Local Coordinator: Each course will be assigned a coordinator. The Course Coordinator can be local or international.

Number of Participants: Maximum 60 


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