One of the challenges we as EMS Professionals face is keeping ourselves updated on the medical advances relevant to our actual function. We are continually forced to educate ourselves with content not designed for our unique perspective in the field and I am a believer that those who suffer from it are in fact the patients.
Of course, just like EMS, the best advocates and educators for the patients of a specific disease are themselves. In this case I am talking specifically about the Epilepsy Foundation who are addressing the needs of their patients specifically with the agencies who deal with them:
The Epilepsy Foundation recognizes the growing need to arm First Responders, specifically paramedics and EMTs, with the information they need to recognize and respond appropriately to calls related to seizures. In 2010, we launched a pilot program, during which Epilepsy Foundation affiliates around the nation implemented classroom-based training on epilepsy and seizure management for EMS professionals. In nine months, over 4000 EMS professionals and first responders were trained across the country! Based on the growing demand, and the need for increased access and flexibility for such busy professionals, the Foundation recently launched an online version of the training called Epilepsy and Seizure Response for EMS.
The EMS online training course, powered by CentreLearn, is an interactive, multimedia experience that is about 60 minutes in length. It describes a variety of seizures associated with epilepsy, seizures with other potential causes, appropriate EMS response and specific seizure first aid on scene, and issues to be considered when determining whether or not further medical care is warranted. The EMS online training course is available in two versions: 1) a CECBEMS-approved version that will award 1.5 hours of continuing education (CE) credit upon successful completion, and 2) a version that is available to EMS professionals who do not seek to earn CE credit, but still want to receive a certificate of successful completion at the end.
Take the time and help the Epilepsy Foundation help us as providers in caring for their patients by taking the Epilepsy Online Training