The Autumn 2018 Edition of Ambulance Today just arrived and features a timely article highlighting NAEMT's Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) courses. Check it out today!
"The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that in 2000, one in ten, or about 600 million people, were 60 years or older. By 2025, this figure is expected to reach 1.2 billion people, and in 2050 around 1.9 billion."
The Ambulance Today article explores our aging population and the growing need for prehospital providers to have the education and skill set needed to effectively assess and treat older patients.
Dr. Manish Shah, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics, and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin, remarks on this shift in thinking:
"There hasn't been a question for 50 years that children are not just small adults, and there is a need for pediatric-specific education. The argument is being increasingly made that older adults are different too, and there is a lot of medical literature supporting that."
Check out the Autumn 2018 Edition of Ambulance Today and flip to page 30 to read the complete article:
Groundbreaking GEMS course teaches prehospital providers to care
for the complex needs of older patients
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Learn more about NAEMT's Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) core course and 8-hour Advanced Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (AGEMS) course.
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