Thank you for being interested in this important and timely instructor qualification program: Recognizing and Managing Abnormal Breathing Instructor (RMAB). The program is designed to educate, to train, and to qualify you as a RMAB instructor so you can share the information with colleagues, law enforcement officers (LEO), 9-1-1 Call-Takers, Dispatchers, and with other interested parties about how to recognize and manage abnormal breathing.
“I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry for people questioning law enforcement tactics and training following the tragic and high-profile deaths of George Floyd, Eric Garner, and others. These and similar abnormal breathing-associated deaths have become a basis for some state legislatures to enact laws focusing on holding LEOs criminally accountable for such temporal deaths. The Institute for the Prevention of In-custody Deaths, Inc. (IPICD) staff believe it has a social responsibility to LEOs and other interested parties to provide scientific- and evidence-based information about how to recognize and then manage individuals experiencing abnormal breathing to help save lives, to help save careers, and to reduce tensions between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
While no LEO, trainer, medical professional, including any training organization, can guarantee a successful outcome for individuals claiming to have or who are experiencing abnormal breathing, training and education about how to recognize abnormal breathing, understand what possible intervention strategies are available to them, and how to help manage these events are a vital part of LEO, 9-1-1, and Dispatcher training. In this program you will learn how to recognize most abnormal breathing cues and situations. You will gain the knowledge to develop an action plan to assist the individual experiencing abnormal breathing until qualified medical professionals take over treatment of the patient.
Welcome and Introduction
Program Goals and Performance Objectives
Assessment Rubric and Resource-Based Learning
RMAB Instructor and User-Level Programs
Use of Force Statistics and Arrest-Related Deaths
Death in Custody Reporting Act and Breathing Associated Deaths
Competency-based Training and Resource-Based Learning
Microlearning: Lesson Development and Use
The Breathing Equation
Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest: The Basics
Normal and Abnormal Breathing
Agonal Respirations (breathing)
9-1-1 Call-Taker and Dispatcher RMAB User-Level Training
Program Length Approximately four (4) hours of instructional time (240 minutes). About this IPICD Instructor-Led Program This IPICD program consists of approximately 240 minutes (4 hours) of presentations, a User-Level Lesson Guide, two downloadable and printable “Recognizing and Managing Abnormal Breathing Learner Companion: LEO” (2 pages), “Recognizing and Managing Abnormal Breathing Learner Companion: Dispatcher” (2 pages), Police and Security News reprints, and an assessment (40 questions). This program’s instructor-led presentations use text, slides, narration, animation, and includes references to the “Recognizing and Managing Abnormal Breathing Learner Companion” (both LEO and Dispatcher), and the Police and Security News reprints.
Program Presenters Michael D. Curtis, M.D. is a licensed, practicing physician who has experience treating people who presented with abnormal breathing, delirium, and many other medical issues. Dr. Curtis has extensive experience as a Director of Emergency Medical Services and has directed emergency medical providers. He not only “talks the talk,” but also has “walked the walk.”
John G. Peters, Jr., CLS, Ph.D. serves as President and Chief Learning Officer of the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths, Inc. (IPICD). A former police administrator, police officer, and deputy sheriff, Dr. Peters has over 270 publications, and has been judicially qualified as an expert in international, federal, and state courts. He holds a California CLEAR teaching credential. A. David Berman, CLS, M.S. serves as Vice President of the Institute for the Prevention of In-custody Deaths, Inc. A current Commonwealth of Pennsylvania sworn Constable, David is a former officer of a medium-sized law enforcement agency where he was a member of its Emergency Operations team.
Program Prerequisite None, other than the required items shown below.
Americans with Disabilities Act Program presentations and materials comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please request it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor Certificate Upon successful completion of the instructor-led Recognizing and Managing Abnormal Breathing Instructor program and its assessment.
Tuition $195.00 per person. This instructor-led instructor qualification program includes a 90-page User-level Lesson Guide, sample User-Level assessment questions, a User-Level “Recognizing and Managing Abnormal Breathing Learner Companion: LEO,” and “Recognizing and Managing Abnormal Breathing Learner Companion: Dispatcher” User-Level learner handouts, Police and Security News reprints, and instruction.
Instructor-Led Training Spit Restraint™ Instructor Program (Version 2.0) Available live March 9, 2023
Scientific Research Completed IPICD staff conducted primary research to determine the liquid impedance of several "spit masks" on July 14, 2021. All "testing" was video recorded. IPICD funded this scientific study of popular spit masks available in the United States to evaluate their effectiveness at stopping spittle that pose dangers to LEOs and others. This seminal study’s findings, coupled with spit mask air flow findings from another study, provide objective scientific data and other information about spit masks and how they can be used in de-escalation tactics. Many thanks to Safariland and to Stearns Wear for donating their products for testing.
High Profile Uses of Spit Masks Following a March 2020 high profile, temporal, arrest-related death of an agitated and combative person where a LEO applied a spit mask, “spit hoods” became a hotly debated controversial device. By the way, the agitated person’s CAUSES of death included Excited Delirium and “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.”
Spit Masks and Force Putting spit masks on individuals by law enforcement officers (LEO) are uses of force requiring compliance with Constitutional standards of care (or equivalent), and with any applicable more restrictive state (Province) statutory or regulatory standards. Surprisingly, approximately 68% (n=357) of the Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE)-IPICD spit mask survey respondents did not know or believe that applying a spit mask is a use of force.
Risk Management Now, more than ever, your agency needs to have scientific and proper responses to those who challenge the use of "hoods" and who claim "spit masks" cause deaths. One way to get prepared is to enroll officers in the upcoming IPICD virtually instructor-led Spit Restraint™Instructor program. It's live and online so you can take it in the office, in the comfort of your home, or wherever you choose and ask real-time questions of the presenters. This eliminates travel, per diem, and hotel costs. With these budget savings, several officers can be enrolled to become qualified instructors.
Program Topics The following are some of the topics that are covered:
Spit mask definition, nomenclature, and purposes
Hooding, Spitting, & Biting: A brief history
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
Spitting at and Biting of law enforcement officers (frequency)
Disease transmission via aerosol, saliva, biting
Spit Masks: Legal update (de-escalation strategy), including manufacturer warnings
Spit Masks: Scientific studies and their findings
Spit Masks: Designs and Product Descriptions
Spit Masks: Pre-Application, Application, & Post-Application guidelines (possible medical issues)
Qualification Assessments The IPICD Spit Restraint™ Instructor qualification program assesses each learner in three learning domains: cognitive (written assessment), affective (personality), and psychomotor (skills). Passing each learning domain is required to qualify as an IPICD Spit Restraint™ Instructor.
Following the virtual instructor-led program, each Spit Restraint™ Instructor candidate will complete an assessment.
Required Materials Agency-authorized spit mask.
Instructors A. David Berman, M.S., CLS and/or John G. Peters, Jr., CLS, Ph.D. are the scheduled instructors.
Date March 9, 2023
Introductory Tuition and Included Materials $195 per person Includes: Instruction, lesson guide, Learner Companion, group exercises, a User-Level PowerPoint presentation you can modify, and upon successful completion of the program, an instructor certificate.
Class size is limited, so don't delay! Help save careers and lives.
Virtually Instructor-Led Training Microlesson Designer and Instructor Available live, online February 21-22, 2023
Microlessons are short. They focus on one topic, one outcome, are flexible, available online or offline, and are helpful to the learner. They are quickly developed at no cost other than development time. These bite-size lessons must be properly developed, produced, and delivered, hence the need for qualified Microlesson designers and instructors. Learn these skills from the instructors, who are qualified and experienced instructional designers and presenters. They will teach you how to identify and select microlesson topics, develop their content, deliver them, and evaluate learning. You will also learn how to develop, no-cost, auto-graded online assessments. Upon completion of the program, you will have developed a microlesson: unit plan (one page), online assessment, and presentation (2-15 minutes) that can be used to teach others. By the end of the program, you will have developed a professional microlesson for immediate use. Program topics include:
Microlearning for career and technical education
How to select microlearning topics
Microlesson content development
Microlesson producer role
Instructional design approaches
Education vs. training
Learning theory and design for microlessons and microlearning
Developing a unit plan
Developing microlesson goal(s) and objective(s)
Developing microlesson evaluations
Avoid these mistakes
Learners with special needs
Microlessons are easy to develop, to produce, to document, and can increase your agency’s training hours while keeping colleagues refreshed on new, required, and other important topics. After completing the eight-hour instructional program, assessment, and practicum, you will be qualified to design, produce, deliver, and document microlessons you produce as a Microlesson Designer and Instructor.
Qualification Assessments The IPICD Microlesson Designer and Instructor qualification program assesses each learner in three learning domains: cognitive (written assessment), affective (personality), and psychomotor (skills). Passing each learning domain is required to qualify as an IPICD Microlesson Designer and Instructor. Following the virtual instructor-led program, each Microlesson Designer and Instructor candidate will complete an online assessment, and then produce three microlesson deliverables (two are completed during the program). None of the deliverables is difficult, and generally it will take about one hour to complete the third deliverable. Required deliverables are (1) submission of a unit plan (generally one page) that identifies microlesson goals, performance measures, and content; (2) creation of an online assessment (1 or 2 questions) for the microlesson you develop; and (3) production of a microlesson (2-15 minutes in length) using your Smartphone, video camera, or computer camera recording your presentation via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Submit your short video to the IPICD for assessment. A video assessment rubric will be emailed to each person who enrolls in the IPICD Microlesson Designer and Instructor program prior to the beginning of the program.
Required Materials Computer with sound, computer monitor, internet access, keyboard, mouse (touch screen), comfortable chair or seat, printer, video with audio recording device (e.g., Smartphone), and writing instrument for taking notes.
Instructors A. David Berman, M.S., Marilyn Janas, CTC, M.B.A., M.A., and John G. Peters, Jr., CTC, Ph.D. are the scheduled instructors.
Tuition $195 per person. Includes program handbook, instruction, evaluation of deliverables, and certificate. No travel, hotel, or per diem costs. Class size is limited.
Dates February 21-22, 2023. Two consecutive days, 4 hours per day.
Time 0900–1300 hours PST (California time; 1200–1600 hours New York time).
Arrest-Related, In-Custody Deaths, Agitated Chaotic Events Instructor Program (version 6.5) Virtual Instructor-Led, online No per diem, hotel, travel, overtime costs.
The post-George Floyd culture has changed the law enforcement landscape. Peace officers are being criminally prosecuted and convicted in higher numbers, and that trend shows no signs of slowing. California enacted a statute in January 2022 that can hold peace officers accountable for individuals who die from asphyxiation if officers cause a subject's respiratory airway to be compressed or if they impair a person's breathing or respiratory capacity, which includes application of pressure or body weight to a person's neck, torso, or back. This includes methods of restraining the individual.
Colorado, too, has passed legislation classifying "excited delirium" as not being a "medical emergency," thus prohibiting the use of the sedative Ketamine on active, combative, agitated, individuals.
TOPICS The IPICD Instructor program is based upon scientific, medical, experiential, and legal research and is the most current multidisciplinary program available on the subject. Topics include, but are not limited to:
Post-George Floyd culture (officers criminally prosecuted and convicted)
Capture, not combat: The changing paradigm
Officers using force in the United States (statistical summary)
Critical thinking for first responders: The basics
History of sudden death
Who is at risk for sudden death?
Pre-disposing factors: Humans
Arrest-Related Deaths (ARD) defined
In-custody Deaths (ICD) defined
Delirium history and causes (includes excited delirium)
Agitated Chaotic Events (ACE) and sudden death (categories, behaviors, & responses)
Developing Agitated Chaotic Event User-Level training
Americans With Disabilities Act issues;
Psychological autopsy and its use in A-RD/I-CD
Report writing guidelines for ACE, and A-RD/I-CD
Teaching a User-Level program
Instructors: A. David Berman, CLS, M.S. and John G. Peters, Jr., CLS, Ph.D. are the scheduled instructors, along with IPICD Master Instructors (if available).
TUITION $495 per person. Materials include a program workbook, handouts, articles, table-top exercises, handouts, special supplemental pages on the IPICD Website to stay current with new research and analyses, online assessment, certificate, and more. Required Materials Computer with sound, computer monitor, internet access, keyboard, mouse (touch screen), comfortable chair or seat, printer, video with audio recording device (e.g., Smartphone), and writing instrument for taking notes. Consecutive Days and Times The 16-hour virtual instructor-led program meets four hours (9am - 1:pm Pacific Time; Noon-4p.m. New York) on four consecutive days. Attendance is required each day. Instructor Certificate Upon successful completion of the instruction and an online assessment, you will receive an instructor certificate. This IPICD 16-hour instructional program will qualify you as an instructor to teach a User-Level program to your colleagues and others to save live, save careers, minimize governmental entity liability, and officer liability.