Boston Public Health Commission's DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Boston Public Health Commission's DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness has to train first responders to be ready for multiple victim situations. The course needed to train learners on mass casualty incident (MCI) management and review the tasks involved in MCI triage.
By completing this course, providers of varying clinical experience learn to effectively and efficiently assign a triage category to MCI patients. The course concludes with a series of interactive scenarios to practice the application of course concepts. The course was under development at the time of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, which required emergency responders to put these principles into action.
Boston Public Health Commission's DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness needs to train local hospital staff on how to deal with incidents, such as planning for a major storm and its potential impact on the hospital. To maximize the learning, DelValle wanted to cover appropriate principles and procedures, and also to present learners with a realistic, complex scenario to provide an opportunity to apply and retain the material.
Illumina created a series of self-paced learning modules for this content, culminating in a practice scenario for a major Nor’easter hitting the region of the hospital. The scenario included multi-level branching, giving the learner the chance to make decisions and see the impact of those decisions, rather than being told an individual decision was “right” or “wrong.” At the completion of the scenario, the learner gets overall feedback on what areas were handled well and what areas need improvement. Illumina helped DelValle achieve its objectives at moderate expense by using still photos rather than video for the scenario, and by having DelValle staff appear in the photos rather than using outside acting talent.