The NAEMT-certified EMS Safety course teaches students to become leaders in creating a culture of safety within the EMS profession. It identifies steps they can take to foster a safe environment and help reduce the number and intensity of injuries incurred by EMS practitioners in the field.
The course curriculum increases student awareness and understanding of EMS safety standards and practices by examining crew resource management; emergency vehicle safety; responsibilities in scene operations; patient handling; patient, practitioner and bystander safety; and personal health.
Specific class topics include:
- Identifying key elements in the safe operation of an ambulance
- Describing techniques for safely moving and securing patients
- Recognizing situations where the EMS practitioner may be at risk of violence, and how such situations may be either addressed or avoided
- Appreciating the importance of maintaining good personal health, and the impact of EMS service on practitioners’ personal health
Students also review case studies and discuss current issues surrounding safety in EMS. These exercises help build risk-assessment and decision-making skills, and provide an opportunity for participants to relate their own experiences with EMS safety issues.
EMS Safety is an 8-hour course open to all EMS practitioners, as well as other medical professionals providing pre-hospital patient care, EMS supervisors, and administrators concerned with safety.
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