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Everyday EMS
by Greg Friese

Patient Assessment Training Scenarios

I have only responded to a few 911 calls at a high school, college, or training center. In every case the patient was in a hallway, lunch room, or athletics area. I have yet to find a patient seated in a chair at a desk or conference table. Also, I have worked very few chest pain or cardiac arrest calls where the patient started on a cot or hospital bed at waist level. Instead, I find patients in the following locations:

     • On the floor
     • In bed
     • In a recliner
     • On the commode
     • In their car
     • At a table in a busy restaurant
     • In a nursing home bed 18” off of the floor
     • On the pitcher’s mound
     • Sitting on the curb

Where do you find patients?

As you prepare patient assessment training scenarios for your students or service members, stage the scenarios in the locations where you actually find patients. Like I said, finding a patient sitting at a conference table in a classroom is relatively rare.

Post your pictures of patient assessment training scenarios in likely locations at

About the author

Greg Friese is Editor-in-Chief of He is an educator, author, paramedic, and marathon runner. Ask questions or submit tip ideas to Greg by e-mailing him at
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