Tuition: $125 for Core only; $225 for both Core and Advanced

GEMS 300x300GEMS provides EMS practitioners at all levels with the skills and knowledge to address the unique medical, social, environmental and communications challenges of older adults. Developed by NAEMT, in partnership with the American Geriatrics Society, GEMS empowers EMS practitioners to help improve medical outcomes and quality of life for geriatric patients.

GEMS features case-based lectures, live action video, hands-on skill stations, simulation and small group scenarios to fully engage students in the learning experience. GEMS covers the following topics:

  • Changes with age
  • Assessment of older adults
  • Pharmacology and medication toxicity
  • Psycho-social emergencies
  • Elder abuse
  • End-of-life care issues
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies
  • Trauma
  • Neurological emergencies and altered mental status
  • Mobile integrated healthcare
  • Special considerations for older adults in disaster response
  • Skin and wound care
  • Medical devices frequently used by older adults
  • Our GEMS courses are offered as either an 8-hour Core Provider Course or a 16-hour Advanced Provider Course. Both courses are appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, emergency medical responders, nurses, physician assistants, and physicians. The Advanced Provider Course begins with the Core course, and then expands upon the core curriculum on the second day, with more in-depth content and complex scenarios. Upon successful completion, students receive a certificate of completion recognizing them as GEMS providers for 4 years.

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