Center for Health Professional Training and Emergency Response (CHPTER)


  1. CHPTER Hosts Disaster Summit : On July 16, 2012, CHPTER hosted a summit in partnership with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the SC Emergency Management Division (SC EMD). The purpose of the conference was to evaluate and identify key emergency preparedness issues that place South Carolina patients, care providers and health care systems at risk during a disaster. Conferees included some of the region’s top experts and emergency preparedness stakeholders.  Via anonymous, simple majority voting during the conference, conferees were able to approve 21 priorities and policies under four critical focus areas.  We believe these focus areas and their corresponding policy recommendations form a blueprint to improve disaster preparedness and save lives in our region.  We also believe these focus areas can be addressed by the appointment of a non-partisan Task Force, along the lines endorsed by the conferees, and strongly encourage its development and implementation by state leaders
  2. CHPTER Curriculum Demonstration and Validation: On February 28th and March 13, 2011, CHPTER completed successful demonstrations of our high fidelity curriculum, representing a breakthrough in disaster medical training in the United States. In the published medical literature, we are not aware of a disaster training course that utilizes actors and high fidelity human simulators to create a facility-based disaster that can test how trainees perform (or fail to perform) in a multi-patient environment to save human lives. CHPTER focuses less on cognitive skills (i.e., what do you know?) and more on performance (i.e., what can you do?). We believe the data from our early training events will demonstrate that disaster medical training can result in the saving of a human life. No published study, in our review, has done this.
  3. AmeriCorps Volunteers and CHPTER: Another unique component of our early training events was the use of AmeriCorps volunteers to assist with training. Through a joint venture with the Trident United Way, CHPTER was able to attract a group of AmeriCorps volunteers who were deployed to Charleston for six weeks to assist with community disaster preparedness. The volunteers successfully worked with many Lowcountry emergency preparedness stakeholders, presented at local meetings and served as trainers/actors during CHPTER training events. AmeriCorps tells us that this was the first time they've deployed a team to serve in this capacity.
  4. CHPTER Statewide Survey Results: In this months' Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association, CHPTER publishes the results of a disaster training needs assessment survey of SC Emergency Medicine Directors. Greater than 80% of SC Emergency Medical Directors feel that a significant number of EM staff members are poorly training to handle a disaster and nearly all of them feel a greater emphasis on clinical disaster training should be established in our region. CHPTER hopes to use this survey to advocate for additional local and state resources to help foster health security in our region. (see Resources section for more information).

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