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The National Disaster Life Support Foundation, Inc. (NDLSF) oversees the National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) courses, a series of educational programs to better prepare health care professionals and emergency response personnel for mass casualty events. The NDLS courses are comprehensive, all-hazards, competency-based, standardized, and multi-disciplinary. These courses assist health professionals respond to mass casualty events regardless the cause.

The NDLS courses were developed by four academic centers: Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, University of Georgia, University of Texas Southwestern, and University of Texas - Houston, School of Public Health. The NDLSF provides administration and oversight of the NDLS courses, offered at more than one hundred NDLS training centers globally. The NDLSF is a non-profit, tax exempt, 501(c)3 organization located in Augusta, GA.

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ACEP and National Disaster Life Support Foundation Announce Agreement to Enhance Disaster Training for Medical Personnel

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the National Disaster Life Support Foundation (NDLSF) today announced an agreement to greatly enhance the level of disaster training available to emergency medical personnel. “The American College of Emergency Physicians endorses the NDLS courses as the gold standard in all-hazards training for medical response to mass casualty incidents,” said Robert Heard, ACEP’s associate executive director. “They establish critical standards for responding to mass casualty events in order to maximize benefits to the victims, minimize risks to responders and enhance team effectiveness.” The emergence of a national standard fulfills a long-standing need in disaster response. Having all responders to a mass casualty event trained to the same standard greatly enhances the effectiveness of the overall team. NDLSF-ACEP_Press_Release.pdf


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CDLS Preconference course at National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference

Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Awaredees Eligible to use funding for Attending NHCPC


The National Disaster Life Support Foundation will be conducting a preconference Core Disaster Life Support Course at the National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference in San Diego.  The CDLS course is a 3.5 hour competency-based, awareness-level course that introduces clinical and public health concepts and principles for the management of disasters and public health emergencies.  The course incorporates the “all-hazards” approach to personal, institutional, and community disaster management through the use of two unique mnemonics, the PRE-DISASTER Paradigm™ (which applies to event mitigation and preparedness) and the DISASTER Paradigm™ (which applies to event recognition, response, and recovery). John Dorling, Deputy Executive Director for the National Disaster Life Support Foundation and Dr. Jim James MD, a NDLSF Board member and Executive Director for the Society of Disaster Medicine and Public Health will serve as course instructors. Course registration is open to conference attendees as well as the general public at the conference special rate of $50.00 which will include the required textbook.  Click on REGISTER to go to the Foundation's LMS to register for this course. For those wishing to attend his year's preparedness conference in San Diego the NDLSF has negotiated a discount of $50.00 off the registration fee by using the discount code NDLSF15. Please be sure to enter this code when reistering to receive your discount.  For more information on the National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference click on the conference logo (above). We look forward to seeing you there.


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