EMS Health and Wellness

  1. Provider Safety and Well-Being
  2. Standard safety precautions
    1. Handwashing
    2. Adherence to standard precautions/OSHA regulations
    3. Safe operation of EMS/patient care equipment
    4. Environmental control
    5. Occupational health and bloodborne pathogens
      1. Immunizations
      2. Sharps
  3. Personal Protective Equipment
  4. Stress Management
    1. Types of stress reactions
      1. Acute stress reaction
      2. Delayed stress reaction
      3. Cumulative stress reaction
    2. Stress management
      1. Change in lifestyle
      2. Balance in life
      3. Recognize response to family and friends
      4. Change in work environment
      5. Seek professional assistance
    3. Dealing with death and dying
  5. Stages of death and dying
    1. Denial
    2. Anger
    3. Bargaining
    4. Depression
    5. Acceptance
  6. Prevention of Work-Related Injuries
    1. Vehicle restraint systems
    2. Safe lifting techniques
    3. Adequate sleep
    4. Physical fitness and nutrition
    5. Hazard awareness
    6. Adherence to standard precautions/OSHA regulations
    7. Disease transmission prevention -- communicable versus blood borne
  7. Lifting and moving patients
    1. Lifting techniques
      1. Safety precautions
      2. Guidelines for lifting
    2. Safe lifting of cots and stretchers.
    3. Power lift or squat lift position
    4. Power grip
    5. Back in locked-in position
    6. Carrying
      1. Precautions for carrying
      2. Guidelines for carrying
      3. Correct carrying procedure
      4. One-handed carrying technique
      5. Correct carrying procedure on stairs
    7. Reaching
      1. Guidelines for reaching
      2. Application of reaching techniques
      3. Correct reaching for log rolls
    8. Pushing and pulling guidelines
      1. Emergency move
        1. Indications
          1. Fire or danger of fire
          2. Explosives or other hazardous materials
          3. Other hazards at the scene
          4. To gain access to other patients in a vehicle who need life- saving care
          5. Patient's location or position, e.g., a cardiac arrest patient sitting in a chair or lying on a bed
        2. Technique
      2. Urgent Move
      3. Indications
        1. Altered mental status
        2. Inadequate breathing
        3. Shock (hypoperfusion)
      4. Non-urgent moves
        1. Indication
          1. Direct ground lift (no suspected spine injury)
          2. Extremity lift (no suspected extremity or back injuries)
      5. Transfer of supine patient from bed to stretcher
        1. Direct carry
        2. Draw sheet method
  8. Equipment
    1. Stretchers/cots
      1. Types
        1. Wheeled stretcher
        2. Portable stretcher
        3. Stair chair
        4. Bariatric stretcher
      2. Standard
    2. Tracked systems
      1. Backboards
        1. Long
        2. Short
          1. Traditional wooden device
          2. Vest type device
            1. Scoop or orthopedic stretcher
            2. Flexible stretcher
      2. Bariatric stretcher
        1. Pneumatic or electronic stretchers
        2. Neonatal Isoletes
      3. Maintenance - follow manufacturer's directions for inspection, cleaning, repair and upkeep
      4. Patient positioning
        1. Unresponsive patient without suspected spine injury
        2. A patient with chest pain or discomfort or difficulty breathing
        3. A patient with suspected spine injury
        4. Pregnant patient with hypotension
        5. A patient who is nauseated or vomiting
      5. Bariatric patients
        1. Patient size
        2. Specialized equipment
          1. Stretchers
          2. Ambulances
            1. Ramps
            2. Winches
          3. Personnel considerations
  1. Disease Transmission
  2. Wellness Principles
    1. Physical Wellbeing
      1. Physical fitness
        1. Cardiovascular endurance
        2. Muscle strength
        3. Muscle flexibility
      2. Sleep
      3. Disease prevention
      4. Injury prevention
    2. Mental Wellbeing
      1. Alcohol and drug issues
      2. Smoking cessation
      3. Stress Management
      4. Relationship issues

Content Creator: Carli Wymore

CAPCE Course Number: 18-EMTP-F3-4310

Total CE Hours: 1

Level: Basic

EMT-CE uses the NEMSES guidelines as the foundation for every course outline.