EMS Safety Practices [April 2022]   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Document: "Merriam-Webster defines safety as 'the condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury, or loss' (n.d.). Safety is important to all aspects of life to reduce risk of injury and death, but it is especially important for first responders. EMS [emergency medical services] practitioners work on the frontlines of emergencies and disasters where situations change quickly and an element of danger or uncertainty is already present. As a result, it is crucial that EMS providers think of safety frequently and plan in advance to handle various situations. [...] Many organizations and regulatory agencies develop and provide guidelines, standards and protocols for EMS safety. Some of these agencies include the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), as well as many others. Some of the policies developed by these organizations are guidelines, while others are legally binding. It is important that EMS department leaders follow changes in safety standards and requirements closely. Potential areas for change may include updating protocols, providing newly required equipment or delivering required training for personnel."

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