Psychological Trauma in EMS Patients (PTEP) Course

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Course Description
NAEMT’s Psychological Trauma in EMS Patients (PTEP) course gives EMS practitioners the resources they need to help alleviate patients’ hidden wounds – intense fear, stress and pain – during a medical emergency.

PTEP educates EMS practitioners about the biological underpinnings of psychological trauma, the short and long-term impact on the brain and body, and warning signs that a patient is experiencing extreme psychological distress. EMS practitioners are also taught strategies and techniques to alleviate patients’ distress and help patients cope with what they’re experiencing to ward off lingering effects.

The 8-hour classroom course features scenario-based interactive sessions and lectures.

Topics covered include:
* The invisible wounds of psychological trauma
* Reducing psychological traumatic stress
* Understanding the physiological stress response
* Applying the eSCAPe principle to patient care
* Patient simulations
* Recognizing psychological trauma within EMS

Provider Cert validity
4 years

Who Should Attend
* Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs): EMTs are often the first responders to emergencies, and they frequently encounter individuals who have experienced psychological trauma. They need to be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide appropriate care and support.
* Paramedics: Paramedics who often handle high-stress situations and are likely to come across patients with various degrees of psychological trauma. Attending this course can help them enhance their understanding and response to such cases.
* First Responder: These can include firefighters, police officers, and other professionals who may be involved in providing initial assistance during emergencies. As they often encounter individuals in distressing situations, understanding psychological trauma and its implications can significantly improve their ability to provide effective support.
* Emergency Room Staff: While the primary focus of the course is on pre-hospital care, emergency room staff, including nurses and doctors, may also benefit from understanding the psychological impact of traumatic events

Course Duration

Day 1

(excludes time for remediation and reassessments)