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Lesson 7.1: Ambulance Operations
By the end of this lesson, the EMT-Basic should be able to:
- Discuss the medical and non-medical equipment needed to respond to a call.
- List the phases of an ambulance call.
- Describe the general provisions of state laws relating to the operation of the ambulance and privileges in any or all of the following categories: speed, warning lights, sirens, right-of-way, parking, turning.
- List contributing factors to unsafe driving conditions.
- Describe the considerations that should be given to: requests for escorts, following an escort vehicle, and intersections.
- Discuss "due regard for the safety of all others" while operating an emergency vehicle.
- State what information is essential in order to respond to a call.
- Discuss various situations that may affect response to a call.
- Differentiate between the various methods of moving a patient to the ambulance based upon injury or illness.
- Apply the components of essential patient information in a written report.
- Summarize the importance of preparing the unit for the next response.
- Identify what is essential for the completion of a call.
- Distinguish among the terms cleaning, disinfection, high-level disinfection, and sterilization.
- Describe how to clean or disinfect items following patient care.
- Explain the rationale for appropriate reporting of patient information.
- Explain the rationale for having the unit prepared to respond.