Geriatrics for Emergency Medical Services

1 Day

(textbook included)

Qualification Overview

GEMS provides EMS practitioners at all levels with the skills and knowledge to address the unique medical, social, environmental and communications challenges of older adults. Developed by NAEMT, in partnership with the American Geriatrics Society, GEMS empowers EMS practitioners to help improve medical outcomes and quality of life for geriatric patients.

GEMS features case-based lectures, live action video, hands-on skill stations, simulation and small group scenarios to fully engage students in the learning experience. GEMS covers the following topics:

Changes with age
Assessment of older adults
Pharmacology and medication toxicity
Psycho-social emergencies
Elder abuse
End-of-life care issues
Cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies
Neurological emergencies and altered mental status
Mobile integrated healthcare
Special considerations for older adults in disaster response
Skin and wound care
Medical devices frequently used by older adults
Two GEMS courses are offered - a core and advanced course. They may be offered separately or sequentially. Both courses are appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, emergency medical responders, nurses, physician assistants and physicians.

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Length: 1 day
Valid: 4 years



(textbook included)

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