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Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS)

Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS)

BDLS is a review of all hazards preparedness and overview of disasters such as natural man-made, traumatic & explosive, nuclear & radiological, biological and chemical. BDLS includes critical information on the medical and health professionals' role in public health, incident management systems, community mental health and special needs of vulnerable populations.
The target audience for this course includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, allied health professionals, public health professionals and veterinarians. This course is primarily didactic and can be delivered in one day or in multiple sessions to large audiences, limited only by classroom size.

Why should you take a BDLS course?

You may earn continuing education credits by taking a BDLS course.
Ohio ACEP has been working with the Ohio Citizens Corps (OCC) to encourage medical professionals to register as volunteers with the Ohio Medical Response Corps (OMRC). BDLS is a sanctioned training by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Citizen Corps, and is also nationally recognized. By becoming a volunteer you will be able to help facilitate state and regional planning efforts through the development of consistent, state-wide parameters that will aide in the deployment of physician/medical professional volunteers in response to a disaster. You have the opportunity to become a volunteer by visiting the OMRC website:

Where can I take a BDLS course?

If you are interested in hosting a course or working with Ohio ACEP to provide a BDLS course, please contact Laura Tiberi at 614-792-6506.
There is a standard fee for each participant which will include their course materials and CME application. Course preparation, execution and processing can be facilitated by Ohio ACEP.

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