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Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This resource was part of AHRQ's Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011, in a realignment of Federal efforts.

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Cross-Training Respiratory Extenders for Medical Emergencies

Training Program

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released an interactive cross-training program to teach non-respiratory therapy health care professionals to provide basic respiratory care and ventilator management in a public health emergency. The training program was developed in cooperation with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.


This six-module training program (on DVD) covers:

  • Infection Control.
  • Terms and Definitions.
  • Manual Ventilation.
  • Mechanical Ventilation.
  • Airway Maintenance.
  • Airway Suctioning.

An accompanying report, Model for Health Professionals' Cross-Training for Mass Casualty Respiratory Needs (on CD), contains useful background for trainers.

Select for the AHRQ Press Release on Project Xtreme.

Current as of April 2007

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