Wednesday, June 27, 2012

EMS tips for responding to violent patients

EMS tips for responding to violent patients
Restraint errors to avoid and ways to ensure provider safety

By Steve Whitehead, (via

Don't scream, "calm down"
I'm not sure why there always seems to be one guy (yes, it's usually a guy) who thinks it will be helpful to scream, "calm down!" at the patient. This never, never, never works. Really. Resist the urge to be the calm down guy. It's usually the guy screaming "calm down" who needs to calm down the most.
Instead of doing this, just speak in a calm voice to the patient, even during a take-down. Find the person who's the coolest cucumber in your group and place him or her near the head to just keep a dialogue going....CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING