Worthy Cause of the Week.
Reading through some of the highlights of the past month - I noticed an entry within facebook regarding the training activites of this worthy service.
When you think of the dedication our EMS Brothers & Sisters have, and the time and energy they devote to serving others in a very personal and public way, it's a crying shame that they also have to contend with a rising level of violence.
Amazing isn't it? They are there to assist at a time of crisis - offering their lifesaving skills in their own unique way, and they have to face all kinds of unacceptable abuse.
Thankfully - this has been noted and is being addressed.
Look at the worthy approach of DT4EMS towards those serving in the EMS, Nursing and hospital environment:
Have you or your staff ever been threatened, yelled at or physically assaulted by a patient, upset family member or bystander?
Did you know, according to several studies, injuries from assaults are a leading cause for lost work hours in EMS?
Have you ever been concerned about the response you or your provider would use in these particularly stressful incidents?
Most EMS providers, Firefighters responding to medical calls and those in nursing can answer yes to at least one of these questions. If you are among them our Defensive Tactics for Emergency Medical Services (DT4EMS) “EVE” courses can help keep you and your staff safe. Statistically, you or your staff will face a violent encounter on-the-job. How they respond will depend on previous training.
View how often assaults occur on the job by visiting our “Assault On Staff Log” updated regularly with news reports of violence directed at staff.
Our training is based on using Good Customer Service at the root of all course content. We train in using proven verbal skills before, during and after an incident. Our courses teach the use of physical force as a last resort, but use real-world skills to free you or your staff from actual physical assaults should they occur.
Our courses take a four pronged approach, with training in four specific areas: Mental, Physical, Media and Courtroom. Read what people say about us!
The mental training teaches the provider the difference between a patient and an attacker. This is important because you want your staff treating a patient who’s confused or has an altered mental status for medical reasons differently than an intoxicated or drugged attacker in a similar situation. A lack of training leaves the provider responding primally, like a caveman.
The actual physical skills leave the provider with a realistic belief in their skill level. DT4EMS allows them to understand what it takes to escape violent encounters. Our experience in training is that the more a person trains, the less they use physical skills.
Thank you for you time, and please do what you can to avail yourselves of this excellent concept.