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Emergency Medical Science Technical Standards

Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving Skills

Definition of Standards:

Paramedic students should possess critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.

Examples of Standards:

Be able to prioritize the care of the critically injured or ill patient.

Communication/Interpersonal Skills

Definition of Standards:

Paramedic students shall possess communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.

Paramedic students shall possess interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, etc. from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.

Examples of Standards:

Provide verbal encoded language used by all EMS personnel to medical control from the field  and document patient care.

Establish rapport with clients/patients and health care team members.

Coping Skills

Definition of Standards:

EMS students must possess the emotional health required for utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment and prompt completion of all academic and client care responsibilities.

the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with clients and other members of the health care team is essential.

Examples of Standards:

the role requires flexibility, compassion, integrity, motivation and the ability to 1) control interpersonal conflict, 2) respect difference among patients and other medical staff, and 3) establish rapport with patients and their family members and co-workers.

Mobility/Motor Skills

Definition of Standards:

Paramedic students shall possess physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, maneuver in small spaces, stand and move for extensive periods of time and lift average size adults with help.

Paramedic students shall possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care.

Must be able to safely operate an ambulance on a public highway.

Examples of Standards:

Transfer patients on to stretchers, loading and unloading stretchers into the ambulance and moving about the scene to search and discover patients.

Calibrate and use designated equipment, insertion of tubes, initiation of intravenous (vein) and intraosseous (bone) infusions, and administration of medications.

Must be able to drive and operate an ambulance to include lights and sirens.

Sensory Abilities

Definition of Standards:

Paramedic students shall possess auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.

Paramedic students shall possess visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for care.

Paramedic students shall possess tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.

Paramedic students shall possess ability to lift and manipulate/move 40-50 pounds on a daily basis.

Examples of Standards:

Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, cries for help and listen for breath and bowel sounds.

Observe patient/client responses to treatment, use of designated equipment, and assessment of patients.

Touch the skin to check for appropriate vital signs.

Position patient/clients, carry designated equipment.

Behavioral/Emotional Skills

Definition of Standards:

Paramedic students shall possess ability to be oriented to time, place and person, organize responsibilities, make decisions, and function effectively in critical situations.

Examples of Standards:

Assess client/patient complaints and implement appropriate plans for care.