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Bloodborne and Airborne Pathogens for First Responders

As a first responder, you may encounter varying types of bloodborne and airborne pathogens. It is necessary to be prepared for these circumstances so that you are better equipped to protect yourself and others and help to stop the spread of potentially dangerous pathogens. This course will discuss bloodborne and airborne pathogens, including the use of personal protective equipment and controlling exposure.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Infectious and Communicable Diseases

Hazards are present in many aspects of EMS. When you’re focusing on the patient, it can be difficult to think of some of the smaller or unseen dangers to first responders. This course will discuss what EMS providers can do to identify symptoms and protect themselves from infectious and communicable diseases such as hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis, influenza, norovirus, and coronaviruses.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Intellectual Disabilities and Their Effect on Patient Assessment

Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID—previously known as mental retardation) have characteristics that can have a profoundly challenging impact on interactions with EMS providers during a medical or traumatic emergency. This course will discuss various characteristics of individuals with ID; suggestions for determining capacity and obtaining informed consent; ways to assess for pain; and suggestions to help facilitate assessment, treatment, and transport.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Intellectual Disabilities and Their Effect on Patient Assessment

Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID—previously known as mental retardation) have characteristics that can have a profoundly challenging impact on interactions with EMS providers during a medical or traumatic emergency. This course will discuss various characteristics of individuals with ID; suggestions for determining capacity and obtaining informed consent; ways to assess for pain; and suggestions to help facilitate assessment, treatment, and transport.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min