Ch 1: Responding to Emergencies

About This Chapter

This chapter provides an in-depth look at how to respond to emergencies. Learn what it means to be an emergency medical responder, the basics of initial patient assessment, how to cope with traumatic events and more.

Responding to Emergencies - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

If you're studying for a test, working on a homework assignment or are interested in general information about how to respond to emergencies, you've reached the right place! Lessons in this chapter provide a comprehensive overview of patient assessment, hazardous material spills, dealing with traumatic events and much more. If you need to clarify details about any lesson topic, be sure to submit your questions to our experts. Also, feel free to assess your understanding of the lessons by taking short quizzes and a chapter exam. Utilizing these resources will enable you to comprehend:

  • The role of the emergency medical responder
  • Disease transmission prevention
  • The definition of a hazardous material spill
  • How to assess a patient
  • Ways to cope with traumatic events

Lesson Objective
What is an Emergency Medical Responder? Define and describe the roles and responsibilities of an emergency medical responder.
How to Prevent Disease Transmission Study the steps needed to prevent disease transmission.
Basics of an Initial Patient Assessment Learn what's involved in assessing a patient for the first time.
What are Hazardous Material Spills? Find out the meaning of hazardous material spills.
Coping with Traumatic Events Examine ways you can cope with experiencing a traumatic event.

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Responding to Emergencies
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What is an Emergency Medical Responder?

1. What is an Emergency Medical Responder?

We will take a look at what an emergency medical responder is and what they do. Their level in emergency medicine and training will be briefly discussed.

How to Prevent Disease Transmission

2. How to Prevent Disease Transmission

In this lesson, you will learn about many of the ways by which you can help prevent the transmission of potentially deadly diseases at home, at work, or in school.

Basics of an Initial Patient Assessment

3. Basics of an Initial Patient Assessment

Assessing a patient may seem like an overwhelming assignment, but using the simple tool of a SOAP note makes it manageable. This lesson describes the format of a SOAP note and how it will help to guide your initial patient assessment.

What are Hazardous Material Spills?

4. What are Hazardous Material Spills?

This lesson discusses hazardous material spills. We will describe the many types of spills that can happen, examine examples of each, and identify the dangers they pose. In addition, we'll cover what you should do if you encounter a spill.

Coping with Traumatic Events

5. Coping with Traumatic Events

In this lesson, we'll go over coping with traumatic events, look at normal physical and emotional reactions, and post-traumatic stress disorder. We'll also look at coping strategies that may be helpful in coping with traumatic events.

What is a Diagnosis Code? - Definition & Uses

6. What is a Diagnosis Code? - Definition & Uses

When you think of lifesaving medical care, groundbreaking scientific research and critical legislation writing, you don't think about the one subject that links them all: medical coding. In this lesson, learn the vital importance of diagnosis codes.

Altered Mental Status: Definition, Causes & Diagnosis

7. Altered Mental Status: Definition, Causes & Diagnosis

Altered mental status can be the result of a number of factors. This lesson will define altered mental status and discuss the causes and diagnosis of this condition.

Altered Mental Status: Symptoms & Treatment

8. Altered Mental Status: Symptoms & Treatment

Trauma, health ailments, and even stress may attribute to changes in the central nervous system and can result in altered mental status. Read this lesson to learn the common symptoms of this condition and how to treat it.

Altered Mental Status in the Elderly

9. Altered Mental Status in the Elderly

Altered mental status can occur in the older adult for many different reasons. Read this lesson to learn more about how an altered mental status affects the elderly and what it is commonly caused by.

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