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Chapter 10 Rescue Awareness and Operations
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Topics § Phases and Aspects of Rescue Operations § PPE Needed for Rescue Operations § Types of Rescues § Process of Various Rescues
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Introduction § Rescue is the “act of delivering from danger or imprisonment.” § In EMS, rescue means extricating and/or disentangling the victims who will become your patients.
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Role of the Paramedic § The role of EMS in rescue varies from area to area. § Some areas may require training beyond the awareness level. § In general, all paramedics should have the proper training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to allow them access to the patient, to provide assessment, and establish incident command .(Awareness Level)
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Rescue is a dangerous activity, and safety is the number one priority.
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Personal protection equipment can minimize risk of exposure to infectious diseases.
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Rescuer’s Protective Equipment § Helmets - Should be on every Amb. § Eye protection § Hearing protection § Respiratory protection § Gloves § Flame protection § Personal flotation devices § Lighting § Hazmat suits § Wilderness protection As a minimum, rescuers should have the following equipment available:
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Patient Protection § Eye protection § Hearing and respiratory protection § Protective blankets § Protective shielding
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Safety Procedures § Steps in curbing “heroics” and maintaining optimum safety include: Rescue SOPs (the key to safe practices) Crew assignments Preplanning
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Dangerous techniques should be practiced frequently.
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Rescue Operations § Phase One—Arrival and size-up § Phase Two—Hazard control § Phase Three—Patient access § Phase Four—Medical treatment § Phase Five—Disentanglement
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The first step of a rescue operation is arrival and scene size-up.
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