Urban Emergency Medical Services: Clinical, Operational, and Social Dimensions

This course examines clinical, operational, and social dimensions of urban emergency medical services (EMS). Clinically, it will review triage and treatments in the field for major trauma and medical emergencies, including major hemorrhage, central nervous system injuries, adult and pediatric cardiac arrest, and stroke, as well as toxicological, neurological, immunological, and endocrine emergencies. Operationally, it will analyze how to create a culture of safety in EMS and it will build skills in crew resource management. Socially, it will analyze social determinants of health, present fundamentals of research design for EMS, and examine how EMS and community paramedicine can play roles in reducing racial disparities in health and advancing health equity. The course is designed to meet the NREMT National Continued Competency Program and Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services EMT-B recertification requirements.