Training course on hospital emergency preparedness and response (HEPR)

Training Course
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
12-16 Nov 2012
Thailand (Bangkok)


Disasters, natural or human-generated, foreseen or without warning, with intensive or extensive risks, affect people and result to varying health effects and consequences. Survival rates o f victims depend on array of factors especially the surge capacity of hospitals and health care facilities to manage the expanded demand of mass casualties for services and resources, as they manage the emergency incident. Cognizant of the need of hospitals to be prepared to ensure continuous operations during and even after a disaster strikes, and in times their services are needed most, a group of experts in the field of health emergency management in Asia have been working with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) to develop and implement Hospital Emergency Preparedness and Response (HEPR) courses over the years.

Course goal

The HEPR Course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of administrative and medical personnel to prepare health care facilities to respond effectively, to ensure continuous operations during or even after disasters, and to recover for better from the impacts of disasters.

Course objectives and outcomes

The course will enhance the knowledge and skills of participants to equip themselves on emergency planning (for the whole cycle of emergency management for all-hazard concept); reviewing and enhancing their current surge capacity to manage mass casualty-related emergencies; the concepts of hospital emergency management; and on applying knowledge gained on testing and updating emergency management plans and systems.

Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to

1. Describe the roles of health care facilities in disaster management
2. Apply tools and processes in preparing for, responding to, and recovering for better from the
impacts of emergencies or disasters
3. Discuss the basic requirements of managing the risks and mass casualty incidents with continuous hospital operations
4. Manage a mass casualty incident exercise (preparation, conduct, evaluation)
5. Apply Hospital Emergency Incident Command System (HEICS) in a simulated exercise
6. Apply on-site medical care concepts to specific emergency situations
7. Prepare an outline of health care facility disaster preparedness, response, recovery and business
continuity plans.

Course methodology

The HEPR course is delivered using adult learning techniques with emphasis on interactive lecture discussions, group exercises, workshops, plenary sessions, group brain-storming, sharing of experiences and lessons learned, scenario-based group exercises and simulation exercise or drill.

Target participants

The course is intended for health care facility staff, managers and administrators, who are responsible for hospital emergency planning, or any emergencies involving mass casualties that require the major resources of a hospital.

Resource persons

Resource persons are experienced medical doctors, hospital administrators, professors and other allied medical professionals actively involved in the field of emergency management. They come from reputable institutions in Asia, both from the government and private sector. Their line of specialization ranges from Trauma Care of Disaster Victims, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Medicine, Hospital Management and Structural Safety.

Course contents

1. Course Overview
2. Changing Hazards and Disaster Risk Management
3. Establishing a “Hospital Safe from Disaster”
4. Hospital Surge Capacity Development
5. Hospital Workforce Capacity Development
6. Managing Mass Casualty Incidents
7. Managing the risks of Mass Casualty Incidents
8. Managing Pandemics in a hospital setting
9. Hospital Emergency Management Systems
10. Risk Communication and Handling affected families
11. Hospital Security in Crisis
12. Hospital Recovery and Building Resilient Hospital
13. Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning
14. Simulation Drill

Best practices

1. Hospital Security in Crisis
2. Managing Pandemic in a Hospital Setting
3.“Hospital Safe from Disasters”

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Event fee

The course fee is $1,575 USD per participant.

What is included in the event fee

This includes the cost of tuition, non-refundable registration fee of US$250, course materials (CD ROM, handouts, and bag) and full meeting package (daily lunch and morning/afternoon break refreshments). The fee package does NOT cover the cost of accommodation, airfare and other personal purchases. Course fee should be paid in advance by money transfer/international demand draft (DD) to ADPC or by cash upon registration. For more details, please refer to the Course Application Form.

How to register

Contact information for inquiries and application

Public Health in Emergencies (PHE) Department
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
979/66-70, 24th Floor SM Tower, Paholyothin Road, Samsen Nai, Phayathai,
Bangkok 10400 Thailand
Tel: +66 2 298 0681 92 Fax: +66  2 298 0012

Janette Lauza-Ugsang
Project Manager, PHE


Interested persons can apply directly but preferably be nominated by their employer organization. To register, please fill out the ADPC Application Form and fax it to the number given at the end of this brochure or write a letter of inquiry at the given email addresses below. Further pre-course information will be provided once your application/nomination is accepted.


If you are unable to attend, a substitute applicant is welcome to attend in your place. Cancellation of attendance should be notified at least three weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, a full refund less than 15% of course fee for banking charges and administrative costs will be made. No refunds are available for cancellation within three weeks prior to course commencement.


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