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Katherine Koch

Intellectual Disabilities and Their Effect on Patient Assessment

Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID—previously known as mental retardation) have characteristics that can have a profoundly challenging impact on interactions with EMS providers during a medical or traumatic emergency. This course will discuss various characteristics of individuals with ID; suggestions for determining capacity and obtaining informed consent; ways to assess for pain; and suggestions to help facilitate assessment, treatment, and transport.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

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