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EMS Vehicle Operator Safety

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    ISBN: 9780763781675
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    First Edition
    ISBN: 9780763781675

Bob Elling, Robert Raheb, NAEMT

Every year, thousands of emergency medical services (EMS) vehicle collisions cause significant property damage, injury, and death—underscoring the need for dedicated EMS vehicle operator training. To meet this need, Jones & Bartlett Learning has partnered with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) to develop a comprehensive course for EMS practitioners who operate ambulances and other emergency response vehicles.

EMS Vehicle Operator Safety (EVOS) addresses the vehicle operations and transport safety knowledge gaps that lead to injury and death. Built on current research and featuring discussions of actual crashes and common driving scenarios—and the lessons that can be learned from them—it challenges emergency vehicle operators to consider if they truly know how to arrive at a scene safely. The course manual profiles real-life incidents and provides practical safety pointers, emphasizing the critical safety principles that are needed to transform a culture of dangerous driving habits into a culture of safety.

Promoting a Culture of Safety

EVOS trains EMS providers to recognize the specific behaviors that must be changed in order to promote a culture of safe driving. Participants are taught to identify and remove hazards that lead to vehicle collisions, from sleep deprivation to technological distractions to alcohol and substance use. Participants learn practical strategies to reduce the risk of a collision, from defensive driving to vehicle positioning to use of lights and siren. The course also underscores the significance of local laws and regulations that govern EMS vehicle operation, and how standard operating procedures (SOPs) are central to shaping safe driver behavior. Additional course topics include:

    Developing a safety-first attitude to ensure the emergency vehicle operator’s own safety and the safety of his or her partner, the patient, and any passengers
    Distinguishing the types of laws that affect EMS vehicle operation, including considerations for responding to emergency and non-emergency calls
    Taking appropriate precautions when performing specific vehicle maneuvers and when driving under various road and weather conditions
    Performing daily vehicle inspections to manage mechanical issues
    Practicing mental, emotional, and physical preparedness
    Proactively avoiding vehicle crashes and how to respond if one occurs
    Developing spatial awareness and practicing skill maneuvers in a driving skills course
    Evaluating new and future developments in EMS technology
    Utilizing simulation training to integrate knowledge learned during lectures with the technical abilities and judgment acquired through skills practice
    Developing effective agency SOPs for key aspects of EMS vehicle operation

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1.  Introduction to EMS Vehicle Operator Safety
Chapter 2.  Making Safety a Priority
Chapter 3.  EMS Vehicle Operation and the Law
Chapter 4.  Maneuvering Your Vehicle
Chapter 5.  Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance
Chapter 6.  Mental, Emotional, and Physical Preparedness
Chapter 7.  Emergency Response
Chapter 8.  Crash Prevention
Chapter 9.  Driving Skills Course
Chapter 10.  Technological Aids
Chapter 11.  Simulation Training
Chapter 12.  Standard Operating Procedures


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