FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT:
Captain Steve Stevenson / EMT
Lourdes EMS / Lourdes Health System
1-609-735-2955-Phone
1-609-332-4594-Cell
1-609-735-2960-Fax
StevensonS@lourdesnet.org
200 Trenton Road Browns Mills NJ 08015
Workplace Violence Prevention for Emergency Services Personnel
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics EMT's are assaulted on the job more often then police officers.  Statistics show 8 out of every 1000 EMT's will be assaulted this year while working; compared to 2 out of every 1000 police officers.
After situational debriefings and investigations into each incident; we have seen repeated patterns and behaviors and conclude that it was the EMT or Paramedic who unknowingly escalated the situation. The current basic and advanced EMT education program does not include the importance of verbal and none verbal communication skills. It also lacks the important message of just how effective empathic listening can be when dealing with potentially hostile patients.
 Scene safety and awareness is drilled into the depths of our souls during EMT School and central communications is great at staging us out of the area until Police arrive and secure the scene.. But, what happens when it's just you and your partner in the ambulance transporting a patient;   when most assaults occur ?
In 2012 Lourdes Health System of Burlington County implemented a Crisis Prevention Education program and sent several Nurses and EMT's to become Crisis Prevention Institute certified Instructors. Lourdes wanted to better prepare and prevent it's EMT's and Emergency Room Nurses from becoming part of the statistics.
In September of 2013 Lourdes EMS Captain Steve Stevenson and Chief Robert Sposato got the approval from New Jersey OEMS that the Crisis Prevention Program they are certified to teach is worth 6 CEU for NJ State EMT's.
The Crisis Prevention Institutes nonviolent Crisis Intervention program has been taught to human service providers across the globe. The course is taught to provide for the best possible Care, Welfare, Safety and Security of everyone involved in a crisis situation. Participants include health care workers, mental health, education, social welfare, residential services, security, law enforcement and corrections.
For more information on EMS education on Crisis Prevention please contact Captain Steve Stevenson from Lourdes EMS at StevensonS@lourdesnet.org or by phone at 609-735-2950 .
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Steve Stevenson, EMT
EMS Captain
Lourdes EMS
Lourdes Medical Center Burlington

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