FACT: According to Bureau of Labor statistics, an assault on a healthcare worker is the most common source of nonfatal injury or illness requiring days off from work in the healthcare and social assistance industry.
Injury through assault remains a widely recognized, but little acknowledged, problem threatening emergency service personnel. Many EMS and fire personnel admit to being attacked by a violent patient, an angry bystander or upset family member. The frequency of assault on our fire and EMS providers is alarming and while most attacks are not life threatening, the risk of serious injury is evident and unpredictable. Responders require a reasonable, liability-conscious, effective means of preventing and avoiding assault, before it occurs, and defending themselves once attacked.
The 2-day EVE4EMS/Fire course covers the basic skills required by any responder or provider when facing possible or imminent assault or use of force
- Good customer service (Foundation of all DT4EMS courses)
- Mental preparation and physical fitness
- Recognize the need for safety in EMS/Fire
- Documentation skills
- Courtroom demeanor
- Dispatch-to-scene and on-scene indicators
- Patient vs. attacker recognition
- Pre-assault indicators
- Verbal skills to diffuse potentially violent encounters
- Differentiating between self-defense, fighting, and police control tactics
- Easy to learn and retain “drills” to reinforce reaction timing
- Various aspects of reasonable self-defense
- Escapes from standing, ground, and unusual positions
Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive a course CD and continued access (during certification period) to the online student area containing review material. Certification is good for 2 years.
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