Fortunately for most patients with special needs, they and their caregivers are very knowledgeable on how to care for their special need(s). Unfortunately, it is when they have tried everything that they were taught and it still doesn’t work that they call 9-1-1. It can be daunting to walk in and find a patient with equipment you aren’t familiar with or have a condition that you may or may not have learned about in paramedic or nursing school. We will go over the most common situations that instill fear in those who respond to patient with a special need. We will go over and handle actual tracheotomy equipment, feeding tubes, Cerebral/Ventral Shunts, dialysis catheters, central lines and review the most common reasons for calling 9-1-1 in each of the special needs situation.
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