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COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is augmenting its national training for healthcare personnel on infectious diseases to include the latest information on the coronavirus, which has spread from Wuhan, China, to the United States. According to news reports, over 300 people have died in China and more than 17,000 have been infected since the new strain of coronavirus, dubbed 2019-nCoV, was identified in December 2019.

TEEX
offers training to U.S. medical and first responder communities on identifying
diseases or pathogens and managing patient care, while protecting themselves
from exposure and contamination through proper use of Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE).

Since the Ebola outbreak in
2014, TEEX has trained almost 11,000 healthcare workers to properly use Level C
Personal Protective Equipment, in accordance with OSHA and CDC standards, and
to identify diseases or exposure following a chemical, biological,
radiological, nuclear or explosive (CBRNE) incident. In the last five years,
TEEX has also provided training nationwide to over 8,000 medical personnel and
first responders in “Medical Countermeasures” to a large-scale public health
incident, such as a highly contagious disease or pandemic requiring mass
prophylaxis. Instructors in the Medical Countermeasures course stress the
importance of educating the public on disease spread, measures to protect
family members from disease and how to receive prophylactic medications if
needed.

Training with Human Patient Simulator

In the TEEX course “Medical
Management of CBRNE Events,” adult and pediatric human patient simulators are
used as training aids and can simulate various effects of exposure to disease
and toxins, as well as chemical agents and radiological or nuclear materials,
said Kathy Wall, Training Coordinator at TEEX’s Emergency Services Training
Institute.

“No other organization does
mobile training nationwide with human patient simulators to prepare people for
handling such incidents or biological threats,” she said. The human patient
simulators are shipped to locations across the nation for
instructor-facilitated, hands-on practice.

“For
the coronavirus, patient management will be similar to other highly infectious
pathogens,” said TEEX instructor Ryan LeNorman, “but the key will be
recognizing the signs and symptoms of a highly contagious illness and
containing the virus. The incubation period for all known types of coronavirus
can be up to 14 days. It presents with flu-like symptoms, so patient history
will be very important.”

These training programs are
offered nationwide at no charge through TEEX’s National Emergency Response and
Recovery Training Center under the DHS/FEMA Homeland Security National Training
Program Cooperative Agreement. Target audiences include healthcare personnel,
emergency responders, workers at Ports of Entry and any personnel who might
come into contact with a dangerous biological agent.

To learn more about the coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.

To learn more about TEEX training for healthcare personnel,
visit www.teex.org/nerrtc and
click on “EMS/Public Health Emergency Preparedness.”

Course Links:

PER211: Medical Management of
CBRNE Events

PER320: Personal Protective
Measures for Biological Events

MGT319: Medical
Countermeasures: Point of Dispensing (POD), Planning and Response

Contact Information

Kathy Fraser

Director of Marketing and Communications

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