EMS Care Chapter 20 | EMT Diabetic Emergencies and Altered Mental Status
EMS Care Chapter 20 | Diabetic Emergencies and Altered Mental Status begins with an introduction to the subject. We subsequently explore EMT Diabetic Emergencies in-depth with the following lessons:
- Altered Mental Status (AMS)
- Sepsis, Seizures, Stroke, TIAs, Dizzyness & Syncope
We cover the following core concepts
- Diabetes and various diabetic emergencies.
- A variety of conditions that may cause an AMS, beginning with sepsis;
- Seizure disorders,
- TIA’s and stroke, dizziness, and syncope.
- If you only want to take the online course for CME credit, you can pay here. The fee for online-only does NOT include a skills session nor (re)certification. You will receive a certificate for CME credit after successful completion of the course.
- This course is part of the EMT Recertification Day 5 curriculum and the New Initial EMT Course. If you sign up for one of those courses, you will be automatically enrolled in this course. Click here for scheduled courses.
- To get credit for this course, you must watch all the lessons in their entirety, the course review, and pass the quiz at the end with a score of 75% or better.
An Excerpt from the course on EMT Diabetic Emergency Care
- As we begin to study diabetes, a sobering statistic is that 10% of the USA population is diabetic and 25% is pre-diabetic. So, please pay close attention as you will encounter Diabetic conditions in many of your calls. And, due to the breadth of information, and its importance, we are presenting Diabetes in four parts. Starting with the Pathophysiology, which is covered in the first part of this Lesson. Here we review some of the body’s systems and how glucose and insulin work together.
- While the second part covers Diabetic Emergencies including hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.
- Next, the assessment of Diabetic conditions will be in the third part where we will discuss blood glucose testing and monitoring. Consider that if you are unable to test to assess the emergency, err on the side of hypoglycemia. Treating this deficit might be lifesaving.
- Finally, the fourth part covers Diabetes Patient Care.
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