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BDLS- Basic Disaster Life Support

The Disaster Life Support training system includes two components: Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) and Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS). BDLS is the didactic component of the training. The BDLS curriculum is developed with an all-hazards approach (recognition and management) to disaster response. Individual chapters remain cohesive by the incorporation of a unifying algorithm called the "D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R paradigm". Also, the concepts of MASS Triage and Disaster Casualty Zones will also be reinforced continually throughout the chapters. Unlike ACLS and ATLS, participants can receive certification for completion of this didactic portion of the course. Those successfully completing the BDLS didactic course can then participate in ADLS.

The BDLS (didactic) part of the two-part course can be delivered in two separate formats. The first format follows the typical ACLS/ATLS model utilizing in-person didactic and interactive lectures with standardized slide sets and an accompanying text. The information can be delivered over two days or over multiple days. The material will also be presented in a distance-learning model via the Internet. Computer generated simulation will be utilized to enforce concepts learned in each chapter. All chapters will be reviewed and approved by the ADLS editorial board and validated by multiple governmental and academic external review organizations.

Brief overview of the BDLS curriculum

Day One

  • Registration
  • Disaster Paradigm
  • Break
  • Natural Disasters
  • Traumatic and Explosive Events
  • Break
  • Nuclear and Radiological Events
  • Lunch
  • Biological Events
  • Chemical Events
  • Psychological Aspects
  • Public Health Implications of Disasters
  • Break
  • Evaluation and Testing


ADLS - Advanced Disaster Life Support

The Disaster Life Support training system includes two components: Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) and Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS). The ADLS portion of the training program is focused at the provider who has already taken the BDLS program. The ADLS training consists of an intensive single day course, focused on the development of "hands on" skills and allows the provider to apply the knowledge learned in BDLS using simulated disasters.

*The Disaster Paradigm is a mnemonic that organizes the providers' response and planning of a disaster: D - Detect, I - Incident Command, S - Scene Security and Safety, A - Assess Hazards, S - Support, T - Triage/Treatment, E - Evacuation, R - Recovery.

** M-Move; A-Assess; S-Sort; S-Send: MASS Triage is a disaster triage system that utilizes US military triage categories with a system to triage large numbers of casualties quickly in a mass casualty incident:.

Target Audience: The target audience for BDLS and ADLS includes: emergency and critical care physicians and nurses, EMT's, paramedics, pharmacists, allied health professionals and medical students.

Faculty: The Department's faculty and staff are experienced field providers, researchers, educators and planners, many with military experience in biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. Several physicians were previously field EMTs and Paramedics. The Department also is the home of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team GA-4 (DMAT GA-4).

Brief overview of the ADLS curriculum:

Day One

  • Review of the Disaster Paradigm
  • Mass Triage
  • Break
  • Medical Decontamination
  • Legal Issues of Disaster Response
  • Media and Communications
  • Break
  • Healthcare Facilities and Community Disaster Planning
  • Mass Fatality Management
  • Lunch
  • Small Group Interactive Sessions
  • Cases # 1 and 2
  • Cases # 3 and 4

Day Two - Rotations

  • Station I HPS Scenarios
  • Station II Disaster Skills
  • Station III Mass Triage
  • Station IV PPE and Decontamination