Lesson 7.1: Ambulance Operations



By the end of this lesson, the EMT-Basic should be able to:

  1. Discuss the medical and non-medical equipment needed to respond to a call.
  2. List the phases of an ambulance call.
  3. Describe the general provisions of state laws relating to the operation of the ambulance and privileges in any or all of the following categories: speed, warning lights, sirens, right-of-way, parking, turning.
  4. List contributing factors to unsafe driving conditions.
  5. Describe the considerations that should be given to: requests for escorts, following an escort vehicle, and intersections.
  6. Discuss "due regard for the safety of all others" while operating an emergency vehicle.
  7. State what information is essential in order to respond to a call.
  8. Discuss various situations that may affect response to a call.
  9. Differentiate between the various methods of moving a patient to the ambulance based upon injury or illness.
  10. Apply the components of essential patient information in a written report.
  11. Summarize the importance of preparing the unit for the next response.
  12. Identify what is essential for the completion of a call.
  13. Distinguish among the terms cleaning, disinfection, high-level disinfection, and sterilization.
  14. Describe how to clean or disinfect items following patient care.
  15. Explain the rationale for appropriate reporting of patient information.
  16. Explain the rationale for having the unit prepared to respond.