Monday, October 10
8:00 AM–12:00 PM
This program takes a new and innovative approach to the assessment and care of patients with special needs. It is inherently challenging to produce a training program that satisfactorily addresses this topic, given the breadth of this area and the vast number of " special needs" that exist. The program is divided into three parts:
Part One: General Approach to Special Needs
This portion of the program discusses the general approach to any patient with special needs, and covers topics including: Communication, Right to Dignity, Assessment, Parents of Special Needs Kids as Experts, Altered Baseline, Behavioral Issues, Advanced Directives, Service Animals, etc.
Part Two: Individual Conditions
This portion of the program reviews the most common individual conditions, including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, and CHD
Part Three; Technology Issues
This part of the program addresses the most common technology issues, such as trachs, G/J Tubes, pumps, and vents.
The presentations are visually engaging, making use of videos and pictures where possible to tell the story. They would be appropriate for all levels of EMS providers.