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