Ambulance Safety

Information Covered:

  1. Risks and Responsibilities of Emergency Response
    1. Safety Issues During Transport
      1. All personnel and others riding in or on apparatus are properly seated and secured with safety belts.
      2. All patients are properly secured and all stretcher straps are appropriately in place and tightened.
      3. All equipment is appropriately secured
        1. Cab areas
        2. Rear of ambulances
        3. Compartments
      4. Consideration of use of lights and sirens
        1. Risk/benefit analysis
          1. status of patient interventions
          2. patient condition
        2. Audible warning devices
          1. asking for the right of way of others
          2. not to be used to clear traffic
      5. Transport with due regard
      6. High-risk situations
        1. Intersections
        2. Highway access
        3. Speeding
        4. Driver Distractions
          1. mobile computer
          2. global Positioning Systems
          3. using mobile radio
          4. operating visual and audible devices
          5. vehicle stereo
          6. wireless devices
          7. eating/drinking
        5. Inclement weather
        6. Aggressive drivers
        7. Unpaved roadways (see Federal Highway Administration definition)
        8. Driving alone
        9. Fatigue

Content Creator: Chris Hunt
CAPCE Course Number:  21-EMTP-F3-4309
NJ Course Number: 141123
Total CE Hours: 1
Level: Basic
EMT-CE uses the NEMSES guidelines as the foundation for every course outline.