Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Service Council

25 B Street, Suite A Burlington, Massachusetts 01803

781-505-4367 (voice) | 781-272-6967 (fax)

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05/23/17

EMS Week 2017 - TUESDAY: SAFETY DAY

Sometimes, the very EMS system that people count on for help unintentionally causes preventable harm to those they are trying to help—including first responders. Safety Day encourages responders to focus on risk and prevention rather than possible negative outcomes, and aims to promote the advancement of safety measures for both the community and the profession. To celebrate Safety Day:

• Take care of your crew by educating them about stress reduction and mental illness to reduce the stigma that prevents EMS providers from asking for help when they need it.

• Evaluate your EMS service’s safety data and utilize it to employ safety education programs tailored to the needs of your service and the community. An example of an existing education program is the NAEMT EMS Safety Course.

• Promote existing programs such as Rider Alert, which provides free identification data cards that will help first responders provide rapid and accurate medical assistance to motorcyclists involved in serious accidents. Find additional information at www.rideralert.org