Prerequisites: EMD experience or certification is recommended
APCO Institute’s EMD Illuminations program is and annual subscription-based service that allows you to obtain topic-specific, at-your-desk continuing education.
EMD Illuminations includes monthly topics of particular interest to emergency medical dispatchers, although the track is open to anyone. Subscribers earn one CDE for each.
2023 Topics Include:
How do you EMD with TTY?
In the deaf and hard of hearing community, they may be calling 9-1-1 as a last resort. This means the emergency is at it’s heightened state when contact is made with the Communications Center. Understanding how to gather accurate information quickly by using best practices for TTY medical is a tool no dispatcher should be without.
|November:||Active Shooter: EMD & EMS Partnership
Frantic victims often call 9-1-1 seeking medical attention during or immediately following an active shooter incident. The EMS system can quickly become overburdened, and response prioritization becomes essential. Common types of injuries are discussed, along with information-gathering requirements for scene safety.
|December:||Electronics Are Keeping Us Alive
The Tin man in the Wizard of Oz went searching for a heart. If the City of Oz had a medical facility, he may have been a candidate to receive an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), a Left ventricular assist device (LVAD), or a pacemaker. All are a form of electronic devices designed to keep patients alive. How will you answer a call when the caller states my heart device is low on battery? Or the person not breathing has a pacemaker, do you use an AED? A review of these devices and how they work will assist you in answering this type of medical call.
2024 Topics Include:
Learn about the criteria for this type of transport and types of medical transport aircraft used. You’ll also explore safety considerations such as protocols, landing zone assessment, weather conditions, and communication among units involved in the transport.
Commonly referred to as fainting or passing out, syncope is caused by a temporary reduction of blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Review various types and causes of syncope including vasovagal, cardiac, orthostatic hypertension, and neurological.
Unintentional suffocation occurs approximately 6,000 times a year in the U.S. Explore the common causes, such as unsafe sleeping, entrapment and choking.
Machinery-related wounds, slips/falls, bites, kicks, trampling, and crushing caused by farm animals, and exposure to chemicals are common injuries in rural and agricultural areas. Learn about the causes and symptoms of these injuries.
According to the National Center of Mental Health, one in five adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness. Explore the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance abuse disorders.
Explosions and blasts, and industrial, occupational, motor vehicle, farming, and home accidents can result in the loss of limbs. Explore the essential EMD strategies to help minimize blood loss and the symptoms of shock caused by this kind of accident.
A mass casualty incident (MCI) is an event in which many people are injured or killed, often challenging available public safety resources. Triage and collaboration among EMS, fire, law enforcement, and medical facilities is essential. Explore the common types of MCIs and responder responsibilities in mass casualty incidents.
|August:||Deadly Insect Bites
In some cases bees, mosquitos, ticks, fire ants, and spiders can cause severe reactions and even death. Learn about various types of insects and the signs/symptoms of bites and stings, from localized pain and swelling to severe and deadly allergic reactions.
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. This session will examine suicide data and statistics, risk factors, warning signs, and prevention strategies.
Febrile Seizures are seizures or convulsions that occur in young children most predominantly between the ages of 6 months to five years of age. This session will explore the causes, the signs and symptoms, and the treatment for this type of seizure.
The kitchen can be the central gathering place for family and friends. It can also be the most dangerous room in the house for children and adults. Learn about the different types of fires, burns, lacerations, eye injuries, poisons, and slip-and-fall accidents that often occur in the kitchen, including pre-arrival instructions for and preventing these accidents.
|December:||Hazards of the Holidays
The holiday season is in full swing and so are the many types of illnesses for which callers to your center need assistance. A gathering of many can also mean the gathering of germs when proper handwashing and disinfecting are not practiced. And, overindulging in desserts and alcohol can result in 9-1-1 calls, as can consuming undercooked turkey.
COST: Annual Subscription (per student):
(No refunds, transfers, or substitutions allowed for this program)
|Group of 26-50 registrants||$110 per person|
|Group of 51 and up registrants||$99 per person|
APCO Institute is committed to bringing you affordable, quality training and education. Please take the opportunity to try out this new learning medium and invite a co-worker or two to join you!