EMT Exam 3 (Scene Size Up and Patient Assessments)

EMT Exam 3 (Scene Size Up and Patient Assessments) -...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Glasgow Coma Scale Eye Opening Opens spontaneously (blinking and looking) 4 Opens to verbal command, speech, or shout 3 Opens to pain (sternal rub) 2 None (no response) 1 Verbal Oriented (knows day of week) 5 Disoriented/Confused conversation, but able to answer questions 4 Inappropriate responses, words discernible (trying to answer) 3 2 None (no response/won’t talk) 1 Motor Obeys commands for movement (touch nose, etc.) 6 Purposeful movement to painful stimulus (sterna rub – slaps your hand away) 5 Withdraws from pain stimuli (sterna rub – moves away) 4 Responds to pain with abnormal (spastic) flexion, decorticate posture (drawing legs and arms into a protective ball) 3 Responds to pain with abnormal (rigid) extensor response, decerebrate posture (arms and legs flexed out in a non-protective manner) 2 None (no response) 1
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Scene Size Up Components of scene size-up: Body substance isolation precautions Most important part is hand washing Important to choose the correct protection in a given situation (gloves, face shield, mask, gown) Scene safety Key to preventing danger is observation: downed power lines, use binoculars with haz mat trailers, watch for jagged metal, look for agitated people or hostile crowds and weapons, evidence at crime scenes, signs of alcohol or drug use, unusual silence, looking for blood and other bodily fluids In cases of violence: do not enter, retreat if there are weapons, use equipment as a distraction, cover and conceal, call police In cases of motor vehicle collisions: personal protective gear, be alert for unstable vehicles, look for leaking fluids, be aware of sharp surfaces, call fire/haz mat as needed In cases of outdoor emergencies: extreme weather awareness, no rescues on slopes, heights, confined spaces and water, notify appropriate rescue team Mechanism of injury/nature of illness Mechanism of injury (MOI) – patients who appear to have experienced significant mechanism of injury are considered to have a serious injury until proven others – even if they appear to be fine. If the MOI appears non significant, there is no guarantee that the patient isn’t serious. Significant mechanisms of injury in a motor vehicle collision include: Position of patient, use of safety restraints/airbags, intrusion, speed of vehicles, object impacted, damage to steering wheel/ windshield, death of a passenger. o
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 10/04/2010 for the course EMER E202 taught by Professor Hively during the Fall '10 term at IUPUI.

Page1 / 8

EMT Exam 3 (Scene Size Up and Patient Assessments) -...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online