EMS Safety course teaches students how to protect themselves and their patients while on the job. It promotes a culture of safety and helps reduce the number of on-the-job fatalities and injuries. EMS Safety is the only national, comprehensive safety course for EMS practitioners. Its interactive format features real-life case studies and compelling discussions on current safety issues, and provides students with a forum to share their own experiences. Course activities allow students to apply critical thinking and best safety practices to EMS scenarios.
Students are taught to
- Identify and manage the hazards that can appear during daily tasks, from offensive drivers to violent encounters to chronic stress.
- Describe and apply the principles of crew resource management in EMS.
- Apply techniques to maintain safe vehicle operations.
- List and assess strategies to apply in the field that improve patient safety.
- Identify strategies to ensure practitioner safety.
- Strengthen resilience skills and focus on personal health to combat both chronic and critical incident stress.
Topics covered include:
- How safety impacts patients and practitioners, from maintaining a culture of safety in changing situations to communication and documentation strategies.
- Crew resource management in EMS, modeling effective communication, maintaining situational awareness, and a being an effective member of a team.
- Emergency vehicle safety including maintenance and inspection considerations, responsibilities of due regard, defensive driving techniques, and common causes of vehicle collisions and strategies to avoid them.
- Safety in the roadway, including multi-agency pre-planning, vehicle and practitioner visibility techniques, and defensive staging practices.
- Patient safety, strategies to identify and prevent common patient errors, just culture, and safe handling techniques for all patients.
- Practitioner safety, situational awareness, and verbal, physical, and chemical techniques to deescalate potential threats.
- Injury and infection prevention and control.
- Practitioner personal health, resilience skills, and ensuring personal readiness for the daily challenges and hazards of working in the field.