Thursday, May 5, 2016

EMT Training: Respitory emergency assessment based approach

Each time a EMT goes on scene they perform an assessment of the patient or patients. When the dispatcher says that it is a respitory emergency, what should the emergency medical technician be looking for when they arrive on scene.

An EMT should:
Form a general impression of the mental status of the patient, airway, breathing, and circulation.

Check patients position, face, speech and mental status.

Are they sitting in a tripod position? Are they using their neck muscles to breath? Is there a retraction of the muscles between the ribs? Does the EMT see Cyanosis, Diapharesis, and Pallor. Is the patients nasal passages flaring?