National Disaster Life Support™ - DECON

NDLS-DECON™ is designed to meet the need of introductory training for hospital based decontamination.  NDLS-DECON™ provides flexibility permitting training to be customized to specific equipment and site features.  

As recent history has demonstrated, the ability to decontaminate/disinfect victims of a chemical, biological, or radiological event requires large numbers of personnel properly trained and equipped to provide decontamination/disinfection.  Although healthcare providers in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may be needed to render immediate care and triage victims, the majority of the workforce to provide decontamination/disinfection support in a public health event may be non-clinical, EMS or hospital based personnel. 

The two-day course includes instruction in the components of the NDLS-DECON™ program which include:

Lectures covering:

  • Regulations, operations and equipment

Demonstration and practice:

  • Donning/Doffing PPE
  • Site selection and set-up
  • Patient decontamination
  • Small Group Interactive Sessions
  • Decontamination drill

Each station requires unique equipment and supplies and poses logistical challenges. Instructions are provided regarding how to setup the scenarios and how the mock victims are used in support of the course. The requirement for victim moulage is also detailed to include presenting symptoms and circumstances. The minimum facility requirement for each module is specified. 

Target Audience

  • Hospital Based Decontamination Team members
  • Non-clinical Hospital Personnel (DECON Team)
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • PA’s
  • EMT’s /Paramedics
  • Allied health professionals
  • Students in health care studies
  • Emergency Managers
  • Hospital Safety/Security Personnel/Law Enforcement Officers
  • First Responders & Fire Fighters

Class size: 30 maximum

Pre-requisites: BDLS

Course Length: 16 hours over two days