Personal Safety Awareness For EMS Personnel

Topic: Personal Safety Awareness for EMS Personnel Motivation: The emergency medical service is constantly exposed to danger in the form of an unsafe scene, patients who become violent, or exposure to contagious diseases. Each member of the...


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  23. Do you wear appropriate clothing for inclement weather especially for extended operations?

  24. Do you wear eye protection (safety glasses or goggles) on the emergency scene?

  25. Do you wear hearing protection when working with any equipment generating noise such as a

        generator, power saw, or rescue tool power unit?

  26. Do you watch for open compartment doors as you work around the ambulance?

  27. Do you avoid running on the emergency scene?

  28. Do you take proper precautions on slippery surfaces such as ice?

  29. Do you communicate with other team members when loading and unloading patients?

  30. Do you take proper precautions with patients who may become violent to avoid personal injury?

  31. Do you have a means of escape when a patient becomes violent?

  32. Do you constantly monitor patients for any reaction to medications, illnesses, or controlled

        substances?

  33. Do you use proper techniques when placing patients on movement devices such as long

        backboards to avoid awkward positions or lifting?

  34. Do you use a face mask when performing artificial respiration?

  35. Do you take proper precautions when working around motor vehicles equipped with

        supplemental restraint systems?

  36. Do you take proper precautions when preparing to enter structures where an individual may have

        attempted to take their life using carbon monoxide or liquefied petroleum gas (propane)?

  37. Do you take proper precautions when operating at the scene of a drug overdose, intoxicated

        patient, or a domestic situation?

  38. Do you take proper precautions when working with sharps?

  39. Do you use proper lifting techniques when handling the stretcher?

  40. Do you take proper precautions when handling soiled uniforms or other clothing to make sure that

        it has been cleaned?

  41. Do you take proper precautions when laundering items to avoid cross contamination?

  42. Do you recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and participate in an employee assistance

        program?

  43. Do you take advantage of critical incident stress debriefings following an incident?

REVIEW:

   • Safety Awareness Checklist

REMOTIVATION: Safety begins with each individual member of the fire and rescue service. The brothers and sisters of the fire and rescue service must watch out for each other to avoid causing injury to themselves or others. The bottom line is that everyone goes home from each incident or other activity safely and is able to go on the next incident. An injury or death statistic is one that each of us is better being let out of. Safety begins with you.