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How to Handle Basic Medical Emergencies

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Course Created: 2018

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No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

Most every healthcare worker assigned to an area of patient care will become exposed to an emergency situation. Emergencies can occur both within and outside of a controlled hospital or clinic setting. In the community an emergency can happen in a public place or even at one’s own home or neighborhood. Being the first person on the scene at a medical emergency may require that the healthcare worker respond to individual(s) suffering from a stroke, heart attack, seizure, poisoning incidence or other critical condition. Being able to recognize common medical emergencies and to deliver the proper first aid or initial response in these situations are important skills that could be lifesaving.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a post test. When you're ready, purchase the test by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Basic Principles Of Responding To A Medical Emergency
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Asthma Attacks
  • Burn Injuries
  • Heart Emergencies
  • Choking Victims
  • Diabetic Emergencies And Hypoglycemia
  • Seizures

Learning Objectives

  • Be able to recognize common medical emergencies.
  • Identify the proper first aid or intervention for common medical emergencies.
  • Identify national resources that provide quick emergency access or response through a toll-free number to assist in an emergency situation.


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