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Principles of Patient Assessment in EMS . By: Bob Elling, MPA, EMT-P & Kirsten Elling, BS, EMT-P. Chapter 22 – Putting it All Together . © 2003 Delmar Learning, a Division of Thomson Learning, Inc. . Objectives. Provide examples of an EMS provider’s role in patient advocacy.

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Principles of Patient Assessment in EMS

By:

Bob Elling, MPA, EMT-P

&

Kirsten Elling, BS, EMT-P


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Chapter 22 – Putting it All Together

© 2003 Delmar Learning, a Division of Thomson Learning, Inc.


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Objectives

  • Provide examples of an EMS provider’s role in patient advocacy.

  • Demonstrate how the patient assessment algorithm is an essential tool for the EMS provider to use in the field.

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Introduction

  • Patient advocacy is an important component of care.

  • Review the process of assessment as a whole.

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Patient Advocacy

  • It is the EMS provider’s responsibility to advocate for the patient and the patient’s needs.

  • An example of patient advocacy is telling the the ED staff what the scene looked like.

  • Relate the MOI or provide a photo.

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Patient Advocacy

  • Prehospital interventions for the patient often provide dramatic improvements, which could rapidly deteriorate once in the ED if you do not impress upon the staff the patient’s initial condition.

  • Advocating for your patient means making sure the next caregiver understands what has been seen and learned about the patient so far.

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Putting it All Together

  • Apply the patient assessment algorithm.

  • Remember that assessment is a standarized, yet dynamic process, as a patient’s condition improves or deteriorates.

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Putting it All Together

  • A standarized approach helps to assure the patient receives an appropriate assessment based on the following key factors:

    • The environment

    • MOI or NOI

    • Severity of injury or illness

    • Level of care available

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Putting it All Together

  • Reassessment is an essential component of care.

  • Modify your plan of management as the patient’s condition warrants.

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Conclusion

  • Practice using the assessment tools provided here to gain proficiency and confidence.

  • Follow the patient assessment algorithm on a routine basis with all your patients.

  • Thanks for your dedication to helping ill and injured people!

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