Tuition: $95 per course, $175 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
  • Two GEMS courses are offered – an 8-hour Core Provider Course and and 8-hour Advanced Provider Course. Both courses are appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, emergency medical responders, nurses, physician assistants and physicians. The Advanced Provider Course expands upon the curriculum presented in the core course, with more in-depth content and complex scenarios. Each course is offered sequentially over two days, and can be taken together or separately. Upon successful completion, students receive a certificate of completion recognizing them as GEMS core providers for 4 years, and 8 or 16 hours of CAPCE credit.

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