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The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) endorses the National Disaster Life Support Foundation (NDLSF) courses as the “gold standard in all-hazards training for medical response to mass casualty incidents.”
The official announcement was made at the opening of the 2015 ACEP Scientific Assembly in Boston by Robert Heard, ACEP’s associate executive director. This collaboration will fulfil a long-standing need in disaster response. The NDLSF recognized critical standards for responding to mass casualty incidents in order to maximize benefits to the victims minimize risks to responders and enhance team efficiency.
The advent of a national standard achieves an established need in disaster response. Having all responders to a mass casualty incident trained to the same standard significantly improves the effectiveness of the overall team.
The NDLSF is a non-profit foundation formed for the purpose of promoting a unique series of courses for training medical personnel to properly respond to disasters regardless of the cause. These courses are, competency-based, standardized, all-hazards and multi-disciplinary. There are 87 training centers around the country including in Michigan, Region 5. There are also 19 international training centers around the world.
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