EMS Care Chapter 22 | Environmental Medical Emergencies

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EMS Care Chapter 22 | Environmental Medical Emergencies 

EMS Care Chapter 22 | Environmental Medical Emergencies comprise a wide variety of patient presentations, from straightforward heat and cold exposure to toxic envenomation and exposure to allergens and noxious plants.  We subsequently explore  in-depth the following lessons:

  • Exposure to Extreme Temperatures
  • Water-Related Emergencies
  • Other Environmental Emergencies

Core Concepts covered :

  • To understand the dangers across different environments and the specific injuries associated with each.
  • To provide appropriate prehospital care.

Important Notes

  • If you only want to take the online course for CME credit, you can pay here.  The fee for online-only does NOT include a skills session nor (re)certification.  You will receive a certificate for CME credit after successful completion of the course.
  •  If you sign up for one of those courses, you will be automatically enrolled in this course. Click here for scheduled courses.
  • To get credit for this course, you must watch all the lessons in their entirety, the course review, and pass the quiz at the end with a score of 75% or better.

An Excerpt from the course on Environmental Emergencies 

To manage these heat-related emergencies,

  • Remove patient from the hot environment.
  • Administer oxygen if there are signs of hypoxia or the potential for shock.
  • Loosen or remove clothing.
  • Put the patient in the supine position.
  • Give the patient small sips of water.
  • Apply moist towels over cramped muscles.
  • Apply cool packs to the neck, groin, and armpit regions
  • Check blood glucose level
  • Transport the patient

Heatstroke is an emergency because the body’s temperature control mechanisms fail, so the body is unable to get rid of the excess heat. If you’re transporting a patient with heat stroke, inform the receiving facility ahead of time.

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Course Content

EMS Care Chapter 22 | Environmental Emergencies

  • Lesson 0 – Chapter Introduction
  • Lesson 1 – Exposure to Extreme Temperatures
  • Lesson 2 – Water-related Emergencies
  • Lesson 3 – Other Environmental Emergencies
  • Lesson 4 – Chapter Review
  • EMS Care Chapter 22 | Environmental Emergencies | QUIZ