The Core Disaster Life Support® (CDLS) course is a 3.5 hour awareness-level course aimed at a broad range of audiences (medical first responders, health professionals, health service providers, public health workers, and health support personnel) that:
The Basic Disaster Life Support™ (BDLS®) course is a 7.5 hour awareness-level course aimed at a broad range of audience categories that share a common likelihood of providing clinical care and assistance to casualties during a disaster or public health emergency (healthcare, public health and allied health professionals; emergency medical services personnel; and other medical first responders and receivers).
The Advanced Disaster Life Support™ (ADLS) course is an intense 15-hour course that allows participants to demonstrate competencies in mass casualty management.
- Core education elements include:
- The ADLS manual
- Live interactive lectures (Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Triage in Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Health System Surge Capacity for Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Community Health Emergency Operations and Response; and Legal and Ethical Issues in Disasters).
- Population scenarios discussion
- Mass casualty triage tabletop and situational training exercises;
- Surge tabletop scenario for a health care facility;
- Personal protective equipment skills performance and decontamination video review;
- Casualty management in small groups with simulated scenarios;
- Emergency operations center situational training exercise.
Successful completion of the BDLS course is a prerequisite for attendance at the ADLS course.
Certifications in ADLS remain active for three years from the date of issuance.
For additonal ADLS course information: https://www.ndlsf.org/index.php/courses/adls