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Ch 52 crime scene awareness
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Violence against EMS personnel is not uncommon in rural areas, especially because:
paramedics often arrive at the scene long before law enforcement.
If a violent person directs his or her aggression at you:
it may be because your uniform resembles a police officer's.
Which of the following statements regarding body armor is correct?
Sound survival skills to avoid dangerous situations provide more protection than body armor.
All of the following are indicators of the potential for violence, EXCEPT:
a large body build.
How should you position your ambulance upon arriving at the scene of a victim who was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car?
At least 21 feet behind the parked vehicle, at a 10° angle to the driver's side, facing the shoulder
Upon arriving at the scene of a patient who is reportedly unconscious in his or her parked vehicle, you should:
notify the dispatcher of your location and the number and state of the vehicle's license plate.
When approaching a parked vehicle that is occupied by an apparently sick person, you should:
determine how many people are in the vehicle, paying particular attention to the location of their hands.
After you have safely approached a parked vehicle and are ready to alert the apparently ill driver of your presence, you should:
do so without moving past the B column into the driver's door area
When approaching a van at night to determine if the driver, who is reportedly unconscious, is in need of medical assistance, you should:
move 10 to 15 feet away from the passenger side and walk parallel to the van
If your partner is injured while approaching a parked vehicle, you should:
back the ambulance away from the danger zone and request law enforcement
Your EMS system's standard procedure for responding to any call involving violence should be to:
allow law enforcement to secure the scene prior to your entry.
When arriving at a residence for any EMS call, you should make it a routine habit to:
pay attention and listen for loud, threatening voices
Which of the following is the safest method for preparing to enter a residence?
Stand to the doorknob side of the door, knock, and announce that you are a paramedic
If you unexpectedly find yourself in the middle of a domestic dispute, the situation would MOST likely deteriorate if you
use an authoritative voice
One aspect of the technique of contact and cover involves:
one paramedic making contact with the patient to provide care while the second paramedic obtains patient information from another person while gauging his or her level of tension.
Which of the following statements regarding clandestine drug labs is correct?
Some drug producers use fragmentation and incendiary devices and animal traps to protect their operations.
It is MOST important to consider a clandestine drug lab to be a(n):
hazardous materials scene
Youths usually join a gang for all of the following reasons, EXCEPT:
a psychiatric illness.
Reputation provides status for individual gang members and is gained by:
If you know common hand signs or slang used by gangs:
it would be dangerous for you to use them around gang members because you are not a member of the group.
Which of the following objects or locations would NOT provide adequate cover from gunfire?
After concealing yourself and reassessing your position, you should
seek adequate cover.
Which of the following statements regarding hostage situations is correct?
The psychological effects of being held hostage are often of greater concern than physical problems.
If you are under fire from a sniper who is on the roof of a building, and you are using a vehicle as cover, the MOST effective way of protecting yourself is to:
position yourself next to the front wheel so that the engine block and tire can both protect you.
If you are taken hostage, it is MOST important to:
control the instinctive anger that occurs when you are physically abused.
If your only protection from gunfire in a residence is behind a frame wall, you should:
stand near the door or window frame, which usually contain more wood than other areas of the wall.
Which of the following statements regarding cover and concealment is correct?
You have more options for concealment in the dark than during daylight hours.
If someone continues to intentionally block you from reaching a critically injured patient despite your initial request that he or she move, you should:
take a side step and state, "If you don't get out of my way, I'm calling the police!"
The primary function of the tactical paramedic is to provide:
care for law enforcement teams who make entry into violent situations.
If you believe that your life is in imminent danger:
any action that gets you out of the situation is a reasonable level of force
All of the following are examples of real or physical evidence, EXCEPT:
oral documentation by a witness.
How can you BEST assist law enforcement at the scene of a crime involving a gunshot wound or stabbing?
Place any of the patient's clothing you removed in a paper bag.
Proper documentation of an incident in which a patient was injured during a crime should include all of the following, EXCEPT:
your estimate of when the injury occurred.
You receive a call to a residence in a rural area of your jurisdiction for a patient with an acute COPD exacerbation. Upon arriving at the scene, you knock on the door and identify yourself. The patient, an elderly-sounding man, tells you that you took too long to get to him and that he has a shotgun. You should:
immediately retreat to the ambulance and notify law enforcement
At 10:20 PM, you are dispatched for a woman reportedly slumped over the steering wheel of her car alongside the highway. Upon arriving at the scene, you should:
park your ambulance at least 21 feet behind the patient's vehicle.
Upon arriving at the scene of a woman with chest pain, you enter the residence and begin to assess the patient. The patient's husband, who is angry because of your response time, is standing in the corner clenching his fists. You should:
quickly scan the area for the quickest escape route.
You are dispatched to a recreational vehicle (RV) park for an unconscious patient. When you arrive at the scene, another resident of the park tells you that the patient, a young man, is in his RV and will not answer the door. After safely entering the RV, you find the patient lying supine near the rear of the vehicle. From a distance, you can tell that he is not breathing. As you approach him, you see several bottles of Sudafed, a container of camping fuel, and a variety of glass containers with an unknown liquid in them. What should you do?
Quickly remove the patient from the vehicle if it is safe to do so, begin CPR away from the RV, and ask the resident to call the police.
You are at the scene of a drive-by shooting in which a 19-year-old man was shot in the chest. Law enforcement personnel are at the scene. The patient is conscious, has an actively bleeding entry wound to his left anterolateral chest, and is breathing with difficulty. You should:
provide only the amount of care needed to prevent his condition from deteriorating and quickly move him to the ambulance
Upon entering the residence of a man with a supposed heart attack, you find that you have been taken hostage by a young man who has a deer rifle. He orders you to sit down in the corner of the room, where other people have been taken hostage as well. You should:
do as your captor orders, try to remain calm, and avoid doing anything to attract attention to yourself.
While interviewing a severely depressed man, the patient suddenly lunges at you with his hands. It is not known if the patient has any weapons. Your MOST appropriate action should be to:
throw your patient care form directly at the patient's nose and egress rapidly.
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