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Celebrating EMS Week 2024 – Day 3: EMS Safety

Tuesday’s theme aims to foster a culture of safety, collaboration and preparedness within the EMS industry and in local communities

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We’ve made it to Day 3! Tuesday’s theme revolves around EMS safety, emphasizing the importance of both first responder safety and citizen safety training.

The nature of EMS work involves responding to unpredictable and high-stress situations, making safety a top priority for both EMS personnel and the public they serve. EMS Week provides an ideal opportunity to amplify the importance of EMS safety and create a collective impact in promoting a safer environment for everyone.

Check out our “EMS Week – Day 3” video above, as well as EMS1 resources for today’s theme. Whether you’re an EMS professional, a concerned citizen or a public safety enthusiast, this collection of resources will serve as a valuable tool to enhance your understanding of EMS safety and inspire proactive engagement in emergency preparedness.

Scene safety resources
While EMS is generally great at securing the scene, there’s room for improvement when it comes to maintaining scene safety.
Emergency response requires increased focus; this is a balancing act when approaching a scene with numerous factors in play
Make better decisions by putting data to work for your agency
Watch: Strategies to enhance your situational awareness and spot a threat
Violent patient management resources
Situational awareness on scene is the first step to preventing or minimizing violent patient interactions. Check out these additional resources for managing difficult individuals at a response.
Know the signs of escalation and how to diffuse dangerous encounters
This phrase has an amazing ability to get people in the middle of an angry rant to stop, listen, and reframe their argument
These videos demonstrate how to predict scene safety, handle violent patient outbursts and maintain a safe scene on each call
Take a mental “stand down” to review essential safety practices that can reduce the risk of injury from violence
The whole-system approach to protecting your personnel from violence
Reminders for public safety personnel on how to respond to a spitter with time, distance and shielding
Community awareness resources
Empowering citizens with basic lifesaving skills and knowledge can make a significant difference in emergency situations. These resources focus on educating the public on fundamental safety practices and actions responders can take to support these communities.
First responders can use their status as respected community figures to reduce the risk for drowning
Next time you select a book for your child, consider these EMS-themed reads
Equipping citizens to put down the cell phone and save lives in an emergency
Reduce your community’s risk by training citizens how to control bleeding
Share these resources with your community members so they are better prepared to prevent and respond to drowning incidents
Every song on our list falls within the recommended 100 to 120 bpm range to perform CPR
Elder care resources
As the Baby Boomer population continues to age, agencies are responding to more geriatric patient calls. Are your providers prepared? Check out these resources for interacting with this unique population.
It’s easy for fire and EMS departments to poorly serve this growing demographic, but training can improve that
Injury prevention, especially of geriatric falls, is an important responsibility for EMS providers
Follow these methods to successfully assess and treat older patients
Improve your patient assessment of traumatic injuries in geriatric medicine
You are dispatched to an independent living facility for a senior citizen who has fallen
Learn what to look for and how to advocate for elderly patients who may be much sicker than they appear

Rachel Engel is an award-winning journalist and the senior editor of FireRescue1.com and EMS1.com. In addition to her regular editing duties, Engel seeks to tell the heroic, human stories of first responders and the importance of their work. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and began her career as a freelance writer, focusing on government and military issues. Engel joined Lexipol in 2015 and has since reported on issues related to public safety. Engel lives in Wichita, Kansas. She can be reached via email.

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