EMS providers are aware that lifting and moving patients is a high-risk activity both for the patient and for the provider. This presentation will provide a framework for EMS in how to make the risk assessment when faced with lifting and moving challenges. Whether or not to allow a patient to walk to the transport unit or whether to take the time and effort involved in a difficult carry is a decision EMS is faced with every shift. We will also review a legal case in which EMS was sued for walking a cardiac patient down stairs.
Walking the Patient
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