EMS Care Chapter 22 | Environmental Medical Emergencies
EMS Care Chapter 22 | Environmental Medical Emergencies comprise a wide variety of patient presentations, from straightforward heat and cold exposure to toxic envenomation and exposure to allergens and noxious plants. We subsequently explore in-depth the following lessons:
- Exposure to Extreme Temperatures
- Water-Related Emergencies
- Other Environmental Emergencies
Core Concepts covered :
- To understand the dangers across different environments and the specific injuries associated with each.
- To provide appropriate prehospital care.
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An Excerpt from the course on Environmental Emergencies
To manage these heat-related emergencies,
- Remove patient from the hot environment.
- Administer oxygen if there are signs of hypoxia or the potential for shock.
- Loosen or remove clothing.
- Put the patient in the supine position.
- Give the patient small sips of water.
- Apply moist towels over cramped muscles.
- Apply cool packs to the neck, groin, and armpit regions
- Check blood glucose level
- Transport the patient
Heatstroke is an emergency because the body’s temperature control mechanisms fail, so the body is unable to get rid of the excess heat. If you’re transporting a patient with heat stroke, inform the receiving facility ahead of time.