Hazardous material and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incident readiness among prehospital care professionals in the State of Qatar

Hassan Farhat*, James Laughton, Padarath Gangaram, Kawther El Aifa, Mohamed Chaker Khenissi, Ouissem Zaghouania, Moncef Khadhraoui, Imed Gargouri, Guillaume Alinier

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Abstract

This study aimed to determine whether the Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance Service (HMCAS) personnel fulfil the pre-hospital readiness requirements for hazardous material and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (HazMat-CBRN) incidents. This cross-sectional study performed an online assessment of non-specialist paramedics’ behaviour and knowledge about HazMat-CBRN incident management, followed by a ‘HazMat-CBRN incident management’ course with pre-and post-activity assessments. The validity and reliability of the knowledge assessment questions were also tested. The pre-and-post course assessement responses revealed certain deficiencies in staff knowledge. The multiple linear regression and paired groups t-test demonstrated that this was rectified after the training intervention. The results indicate that the implemented course helped HMCAS staff acquire a satisfactory level of knowledge to ensure their readiness for safe and effective responses to potential HazMat-CBRN incidents in Qatar.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-36
Number of pages13
JournalGlobal Security: Health, Science and Policy
Volume7
Issue number1
Early online date5 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 May 2022
Externally publishedYes

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