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Unique considerations for responding to emergencies involving individuals with special needs
A 13-step action plan to provide compassionate and effective care while navigating the evolving legal landscape
Jennifer Dantzler, director of the Including Kids Autism Center, joins the podcast to share how EMS can better care for and communicate with patients with autism
ACLU California Action and others say the bill would unfairly target certain patients
Does your agency provide ongoing training for responding to patients with special needs? If not, do you wish they did?
Josh and Jennifer Chan created the kits to help first responders interact with children, adults who have trouble communicating
Gold Cross Paramedic Jeff Wilson used lessons learned with his son who is autistic to help others in EMS
Judges affirmed that in the case against the Southfield EMTs in the death of Timesha Beauchamp, the estate failed to prove a constitutional violation
Document in the ongoing special victims unit investigation alleges the teen with autism was given 10 milligrams of Versed to “shut him up”
AMR has also purchased supplies for Sensory Kits for each of its 14 ambulances, including ear protection, a doodle pad, a stress ball, fidget marble, fidget spinner and a pop-it device
Ben’s Blue Bags founder Matthew Kodicek said they are also useful for small children and anyone else who may struggle to communicate with first responders
For those with a related diagnosis, they may struggle with emergency sights and sounds or being touched, which can trigger anxiety and lead to outbursts that look like noncompliance
Muskegon County’s “Yellow Dot” program will allow first responders to render needed treatment more quickly after a crash or medical emergency
Michigan authorities say the medics involved in the case of Timesha Beauchamp, who was wrongly declared dead in August and died in a hospital in October, must pass a national exam to regain their licenses
Ben’s Blue Bags are named after Ben Kodicek, 6, who served as the inspiration for project
Go back to the basics with a thorough understanding of pediatric appearance, breathing and circulation warning signs, and the cardinal rule of pediatric assessment
According to her family’s attorney, Timesha Beauchamp, 20, died in the hospital due to brain damage suffered in the August incident
Panelists shared their expertise in working with exceptional patients and discussed strategies and procedures that aid in creating a successful interaction for all involved
The Atlantic County Special Needs Registry seeks to ensure first responders can prepare to care appropriately for a person with special needs
The employee said Timesha Beauchamp was breathing and her tongue was moving when she was found alive after being declared dead
State regulators’ account in the case of a woman who was found alive at a funeral home differs from what Southfield’s fire chief said in a news conference last week
Southfield Fire Chief Johnny Menifee said Wednesday the four providers “feel terrible” and disputed claims that first responders placed the woman in a body bag
Kasey Brislane, 13, says her heightened sense of hearing enabled her to notice her neighbor’s cries for help
Pro Med EMT Amber Horton, whose son has autism, developed the kits to help keep patients calm and help them communicate with crewmembers
More than 30 first responders participated in a course to learn the basics of communicating with deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals
Law enforcement, EMS and civic leaders joined forces to get a valuable communication app in the right hands
A police detective was motivated to create the “Carter Kits” by his son, who is on the autism spectrum
Aiken County Emergency Services hosts a bi-annual Sensory Sensitive and Special Needs Touch-A-Truck Event for children and their families
The addition is part of a partnership between an EMS service and a non-profit that supports the blind and low vision community