Hoarder Homes: Piles of Hazards for EMS

June 7, 2017. Managing patient care and access inside hoarding conditions is rapidly becoming a familiar occurrence in today’s EMS world. It is time for us to take a look at the dangers faced, not only when entering a hoarding environment, but after patient care. From increased exposure to biohazards to patient access issues, the students will be exposed to a different thought process and learn tactics to help protect them from myriad of hazards when dealing with patients inside hoarding conditions. Hoarder Homes: Piles of Hazards for EMS will return you to quarters with the knowledge and tools to come home safe.

The intent of this presentation is to expose the students to the ins and outs of emergency medical response inside a house with a hoarder type conditions. Multiple variables will complicate the use of normal tactics when faced with areas that are no longer useable for theirr intended purpose. The learning objectives will be to identify factors such as hoarder front yards, selection of proper PPE, possible biohazards (human, animal and manmade), patient access issues, patient removal issues, and collapse risks while operating around massive amounts of belongings. We will also examine the standardized levels of hoarding and how responder actions and word can mentally impact the patient they are treating. This program was designed to introduce new ways of thinking when engaged in EMS operations inside these environments.
The target audience of this program ranges from the chief level to the street level EMS provider, because these incidents are often well beyond the scoop and run that we are used to. Knowing your stuff when faced with a hoarder medical emergency is valuable to everyone on the department. During the program all aspects of hoarder response will be covered. The knowledge gained can benefit everyone who attends, no matter what rank or level.

June 7, 2017 at 0900 Classroom Session from (60 minutes to 3 hours)