EMTPatientsUnderInfluence

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Patients Under The Influence Temple College EMS Professions
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Incidence Alcohol, drugs involved in: 50% of all motor vehicle collisions 50% of all homicides Roughly half of all adult trauma patients you care for will be drunk, stoned, or high!
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Assessment Alterations in: Level of consciousness Pupil responses Vital signs Pain perception Decreased reliability of history Decreased cooperation
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Assessment The patient is NEVER “just drunk!”
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Patient Interaction The EMT frequently determines whether patient is cooperative or uncooperative!
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Patient Interaction Positive, nonjudgmental Identify yourself Ask permission to make physical contact Orient, reorient as needed Address with respect Avoid terms like “bub” or “honey”
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Unformatted text preview: Patient Interaction Consider your body language, voice tone Remember youre a caregiver, not a cop Acknowledge patient concerns, feelings Be very clear about what you need, expect patients to do Patient Interaction History-taking may require closed-ended (yes-no) rather than open-ended questions Discretely confirm history with family, friends, bystanders Uncooperative Patients Preplan management protocols with law enforcement agencies Remember, this population is high risk for: Hepatitis B Hepatitis C HIV The patient is NEVER just drunk! Err on side of caution with intoxicated patients....
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