Medical Assessment

Remember to follow along in your workbook to get the most out of this course!

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you should be able to...

  • Understand the importance of the EMS assessment
  • Recognize the steps in the primary assessment
  • Recognize the steps in the secondary assessment
  • Understand how to define homeostasis, perfusion and instability 
  • Recognize signs that suggest instability in your patients

High Yield Content

  • Basic PPE for the first responder includes gloves, eye protection and mask 
  • The initial assessment is completed before the responder ever makes contact with the patient
  • You do not move on in the primary assessment until the current issue is dealt with 
  • You restart from the beginning of the primary assessment if the patient’s condition changes 
  • SAMPLE stands for signs and symptoms, allergies, medications, past medical history, last meal and events leading up to incident 
  • Signs of instability include altered mental status, chest pain, low blood pressure, major trauma and significant mechanism of injury