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National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians

The instructors at Virginia EMS Training Group have instructorships and Faculty status in several National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. We can bring these courses to your agency. Depending on the course, additional logistics may need to be secured by the agency. The courses we can teach are,


Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) Training:

Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) remains the gold standard of education for emergency medical assessment and treatment. Endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians, AMLS emphasizes the use of the AMLS Assessment Pathway, a systematic tool for assessing and managing common medical conditions with urgent accuracy.

In the third edition of AMLS, students learn to recognize and manage common medical crises through realistic case-based scenarios that challenge students to apply their knowledge to highly critical patients.  The course emphasizes the use of scene size-up, first impression, history, interactive group discussion on differential diagnosis and potential treatment strategies, and physical exam to systematically rule out and consider possibilities and probabilities in treating patients’ medical crises. The third edition AMLS library of patient simulations offers students an opportunity to apply critical thinking skills to a variety of patient presentations. Additional features include patient simulation monitor images and ECGs provided by iSimulate, to enhance students’ experience.

The course utilizes the AMLS textbook and course manual, and covers the following topics:

  • Respiratory disorders

  • Cardiovascular disorders

  • Shock

  • Sepsis

  • Neurological disorders

  • Endocrine/Metabolic disorders

  • Environmental emergencies

  • Infectious disease

  • Abdominal disorders

  • Toxicological emergencies

  • Exposure to hazardous materials

AMLS is appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists and physicians. AMLS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

EMS Safety Training:

NAEMT’s 3rd edition EMS Safety course teaches students how to protect themselves and their patients while on the job. It promotes a culture of safety and helps reduce the number of on-the-job fatalities and injuries. EMS Safety is the only national, comprehensive safety course for EMS practitioners. Its interactive format features real-life case studies and compelling discussions on current safety issues, and provides students with a forum to share their own experiences. Course activities allow students to apply critical thinking and best safety practices to EMS scenarios. 

Students are taught to:

  • Identify and manage the hazards that can appear during daily tasks, from offensive drivers to violent encounters to chronic stress.

  • Describe and apply the principles of crew resource management in EMS.

  • Apply techniques to maintain safe vehicle operations.

  • List and assess strategies to apply in the field that improve patient safety.

  • Identify strategies to ensure practitioner safety.

  • Strengthen resilience skills and focus on personal health to combat both chronic and critical incident stress.

Topics covered include:

  • How safety impacts patients and practitioners, from maintaining a culture of safety in changing situations to communication and documentation strategies.

  • Crew resource management in EMS, modeling effective communication, maintaining situational awareness, and a being an effective member of a team.

  • Emergency vehicle safety including maintenance and inspection considerations, responsibilities of due regard, defensive driving techniques, and common causes of vehicle collisions and strategies to avoid them.

  • Safety in the roadway, including multi-agency pre-planning, vehicle and practitioner visibility techniques, and defensive staging practices.

  • Patient safety, strategies to identify and prevent common patient errors, just culture, and safe handling techniques for all patients.

  • Practitioner safety, situational awareness, and verbal, physical, and chemical techniques to deescalate potential threats.

  • Injury and infection prevention and control.

  • Practitioner personal health, resilience skills, and ensuring personal readiness for the daily challenges and hazards of working in the field.

EMS Safety is offered as an 8-hour classroom course and is appropriate for all levels of EMS practitioners, other medical professionals providing prehospital patient care, and EMS supervisors and administrators. Students who successfully complete the course receive a certificate of completion and a wallet card good for 4 years. EMS Safety is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

 Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) Training:

The Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) course focuses on critical pediatric physiology, illnesses, injuries and interventions to help EMS practitioners provide the best treatment for sick and injured children in the field.  The course stresses critical thinking skills to help practitioners make the best decisions for their young patients.

Topics covered include:

  • The pathophysiology of the most common critical pediatric emergency issues, and critical thinking skills to help practitioners make the best decisions for their patients.

  • Application of the Pediatric Assessment Triangle (PAT), a tool to help EMS practitioners rapidly and accurately assess pediatric patients.

  • The importance of family-centered care.

  • Understanding and communicating with children.

  • Airway management, breathing and oxygenation.

  • Cardiac emergencies.

  • Recognizing child abuse and neglect.

  • Hypoperfusion and shock.

  • Newborn resuscitation.

EPC is appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, emergency medical responders, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians. EPC is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.


Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS) Training:

NAEMT’s Geriatric Education for EMS course prepares prehospital practitioners to respond to, assess, and care for this fast-growing patient population. This third edition of the course strengthens and enhances practitioners’ ability to provide the best care for older adults in every community.

The GEMS course helps EMS practitioners learn to conduct a comprehensive assessment of geriatric patients. Be­cause the aging process affects all body systems, NAEMT’s course provides an overview of changes that occur as people age and describes how those changes can impact patient pre­sentation.  Incorporation of the GEMS Diamond (Geriatric, Environmental, Medical, and Social assessments) can help practitioners formulate a holistic diagnostic and treatment approach.

The third edition of GEMS addresses the following topics:

  • Changes with age and assessment of the older patient

  • Polypharmacy and Toxicity in Older Patients

  • Respiratory Emergencies

  • Cardiovascular Emergencies

  • Trauma

  • Other Medical Disorders

  • Neurologic Emergencies

  • Elder Maltreatment and Psychosocial Emergencies

  • End-of-Life and Palliative Care

  • Disaster Triage and Transporting Older Patients

  • Left Ventricular Assist Devices

  • Skin Disorders

  • Ventilators

  • Urinary Catheter and Colostomy Bag Care

  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

The 8-hour course is appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, emergency medical responders, nurses, physician assistants and physicians. GEMS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Training:

NAEMT's Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care. PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program. 

PHTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care and decrease mortality. The program is based on a philosophy stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that, given a good fund of knowledge and key principles, EMS practitioners are capable of making reasoned decisions regarding patient care.

The course utilizes the internationally recognized PHTLS textbook and covers the following topics:

  • Physiology of life and death

  • Scene assessment

  • Patient assessment

  • Hemorrhage control

  • Airway

  • Breathing, ventilation, and oxygenation

  • Circulation and shock

  • Special population

The course emphasizes application of trauma education through case studies, skills practice, and patient simulations.

PHTLS is the global gold standard in prehospital trauma education and is taught in over 80 countries. PHTLS is appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, nurses, physician assistants, physicians, and other prehospital practitioners. PHTLS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Training:

The 2nd edition of NAEMT's Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) course teaches EMS practitioners and other prehospital providers how to respond to and care for patients in a civilian tactical environment.

The course presents the three phases of tactical care and integrates parallel EMS nomenclature:

  • Hot Zone/Direct Threat Care that is rendered while under attack or in adverse conditions.

  • Warm Zone/Indirect Threat Care that is rendered while the threat has been suppressed but may resurface at any point.

  • Cold Zone/Evacuation Care that is rendered while the casualty is being evacuated from the incident site. 

The 16-hour classroom course includes all new patient simulations and covers the following topics:

  • Hemorrhage control including immediate action drills for tourniquet application throughout the course;

  • Complete coverage of the MARCH assessment;

  • Surgical airway control and needle decompression;

  • Strategies for treating wounded responders in threatening environments;

  • Caring for pediatric patients;

  • Techniques for dragging and carrying victims to safety; and

  • A final, mass-casualty/active shooter event simulation.

NAEMT's TECC course is endorsed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, is consistent with the current guidelines established by the Committee on TECC (Co-TECC) and meets all of the updated National Tactical Emergency Medical Support Competency Domains. This course is accredited by CAPCE for 16 hours of continuing education credit and recognized by NREMT.

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