Why Emergency Medical Response?
Emergency Medical Response is the first response effort to save or otherwise bring a chance for quality of life to an ill/injured person. The reason Emergency First Responders are so valuable: When someone requires our action, it’s an accident -not a planned event so there is no control and no expected outcome. The EMR’s bring control and skill to work toward a positive outcome.
So many people who have a cardiac arrest do not survive. We can all play a role in improving recovery statistics by knowing what to do in such an emergency. For people who go through training such as AAERT provides, it can mean the difference between life and death for a friend, family member, a company’s most valuable asset-employees, and even a perfect stranger.
In addition to CPR training which is a crucial element in any health prevention course, EMR’s learn how to take vital signs: blood pressure, pulse, respirations, pupillary reaction, capillary refill, breath sounds, note skin features. You will also learn how to assess a patient, discover Mechanism of Injury (MOI) or the Nature of Illness (NOI), obtain a SAMPLE history, immobilize a cervical spine, how to backboard the patient efficiently and safely, use a stairchair to extricate in some cases, and so much more.
- A key point in the EMR training is: Unlike advanced first aid classes, all EMRs may assist a conscious patient in taking their own medication. Let it be understood that we also teach that if the patient is not conscious, no EMR will attempt any form of medication.
EMRs are covered by the Good Samaritan Law in all opportunities to provide emergency care as a private citizen. They are not required to report to a Medical Director, yet if they are part of an organized team under the guidance of a Medical Director, they are welcomed! EMRs are guided by their scope of training and their capacity to administer to the patient, monitoring the patient’s vital signs closely until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrives to take over patient care. Very often they will be asked to assist the EMS crew and their skills must be up to the task! That includes Air-Evacuation landing zones, and dealing with Mass casualty or unusual situations.
That sounds like a lot of information and it is. We strive to empower students to be confident First Responders. EMR training is a 68-72 hour course. Putting it all into a 10 hour day for 6 days is intense; it’s important that folks come ready to learn, do homework, and practice the required skills. We achieve adult learning by teaching psychomotor skills: “teach my brain to do this skill in case I need it, which I hope won’t be very often!” Adult learners require more hands-on association with the auditory & verbal directions. AAERT accommodates the many different learning styles.
The goal of an EMR class is to have First Responders who can proficiently use all the necessary skills to manage situations and make the difference in the lives of others.
AAERT teaches to the standard, and tests to the objective. Coaching is a powerful tool and AAERT takes pride in the nurturing attitude we are known for.
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