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First Responder Training

Course Library

A complete library for all of your first responder training needs.

The First Responder Training courses cover all topics in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Standard Curriculum and are a valuable addition to your first responder training program. The First Responder Training series consists of 36 courses including: Well-Being of the First Responder, Legal and Ethical Issues, Patient Assessment, CPR, Emergency Childbirth, and more. These courses are eligible for CE hours under Texas Dept. of State Health Services On-going Program No. 600196.

OSI’s First Responder Training is intended for: Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, Hospital Workers, Social Workers, and other First Responders.

Our courses are delivered via a state-of-the-art learning management system that allows you to customize curricula, adjust testing parameters, and even customize courses with site-specific content and photos.

First Responder Training Course Descriptions

401 Introduction to EMS Systems: Part 1

Introduction to EMS Systems: Part 1 teaches first responders and others about the Emergency Medical Service system, including its components and levels of emergency personnel such as emergency care attendants (ECAs), emergency medical technicians (EMTs), advanced emergency medical technicians (AEMTs), emergency medical technicians paramedics (EMT-Ps), and licensed paramedics.Skills expected for each level of personnel and the in-hospital care system are also discussed. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

402 Introduction to EMS Systems: Part 2

Introduction to EMS Systems: Part 2 continues the teaching from 401 Introduction to EMS Systems: Part 1. Part 2 tackles such issues as the methods used to ensure the quality of patient care, including certification, medical oversight, and continuous quality improvement. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

403 Well-Being of the First Responder

Well-Being of the First Responder examines stress that first responders may experience, how it can be reduced, and how it affects the responders’ families. Other topics include Critical Incident Stress Management; reactions to death; communicating with dying victims and their families; scene safety assessment; emergency response hazards; physical hazards such as chemicals and bloodborne pathogens; and personal protective equipment. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

404 Legal and Ethical Issues

Legal and Ethical Issues focuses on the ethical responsibilities of a first responder. It defines such terms as scope of practice, standard of care, abandonment, negligence, and breach of duty. Complex issues such as dealing with patient confidentiality, death, and crime scenes are discussed. (1. 0 CEs) (50 min)

405 The Human Body

The Human Body provides first responders with an overview of the human body. This course defines key words used to describe the human body; lists the body’s organ systems; explores the functions of the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, and other systems; and discusses the function of the skin. (1. 0 CE) (60 min)

406 Lifting and Moving Patients

Techniques for lifting and moving patients and for preventing injuries by utilizing proper body mechanics are examined in this course. Topics explored in this comprehensive course include: risk factors for injury, injury prevention, assistive equipment, and the differences among emergency, urgent, and non-urgent moves. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

407 Body Substance Isolation

Body Substance Isolation defines body substance isolation, discusses some of the diseases to which first responders may be exposed, how they can be transmitted, and provides them with methods to prevent exposure to infectious diseases such as the use of personal protective equipment. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

408 Interpersonal Communications

Interpersonal Communications addresses reacting to traumatic events; helping victims cope with traumatic events; communicating with children, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities: understanding cultural differences when communicating; discussing sensitive topics; and discussing death and dying appropriately.(1. 0 CE) (55 min.)

409 Airway: Part 1

Airway Part 1 explains the major parts of the respiratory system, protective equipment for first responders, techniques for opening airways, common signs of respiratory distress, foreign body obstructions, and airway adjuncts or devices.(1. 0 CE) (60 min.)

410 Airway: Part 2

Airway Part 2 explains the difference between ventilation and oxygen therapy, how to determine when rescue breathing is needed, rescue breathing for unconscious patients, rescue breathing methods, hazards associated with oxygen, preferred method for providing oxygen, and procedures for helping victims with COPD, stomas, and dentures. (1. 0 CE) (50 min.)

411 Patient Assessment: Part 1

Patient Assessment: Part 1 explains the main components of patient assessment, hazards at the scene, protection from on-scene hazards, ways to determine the nature of injuries or illness, assessment priorities, and interventions needed to stabilize the patient. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

412 Patient Assessment: Part 2

Patient Assessment: Part 2 explains why it is important to get a detailed patient assessment and when they should be performed. The course also lists the normal ranges of each of the baseline vital signs, outlines the steps for taking a complete patient history, describes good interview techniques for different types of patients, outlines the steps in a detailed physical exam, and introduces some memory aids that help first responders remember specific assessment steps. (1 CE) (70 min)

413 Patient Assessment: Part 3

Patient Assessment: Part 3 reviews the five steps of a complete assessment and discusses what to check for in the ongoing assessment to ensure patient stability. It also outlines the communication and documentation measures required for patient transfer of care. Finally, the learner has a chance to practice the entire patient assessment sequence. (1. 0 CE) (60 min)

414 Circulation

Circulation teaches first responders about the components of the human circulatory system and their functions.In addition to the circulatory process, the course explains the intricacies of the heart, blood, and blood vessels, including naming and locating the major arteries. The signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest, high blood pressure, and shock are also examined. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

415 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) explains how to give CPR to infants, children, and adults. The information is based on the American Heart Association Guidelines and should be taken with, or in review of, an instructor-led, hands-on course. Topics include the cardiac chain of survival, universal precautions, recommended CPR techniques, the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and special concerns. (1.0 CE) (65 min)

416 Medical Emergencies: Part 1

Medical Emergencies Part 1 explains the importance of immediate intervention of life-threatening illnesses or conditions, symptoms and signs of life-threatening injuries or illness, different states of consciousness, prehospital care for transport patients, steps for respiratory and cardiac emergencies, steps for poisoning and allergic reaction patients, and exposure treatment. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

417 Medical Emergencies: Part 2

Medical Emergencies: Part 2 outlines quick and appropriate prehospital care for the signs and symptoms of specific problems related to shock, respiratory and cardiac failure, altered mental status, poisoning, and environmental illnesses. (1. 0 CE) (60 min)

418 Behavioral Emergencies

Behavioral Emergencies explores the inherent dangers and causes of behavioral emergencies and how to provide emergency medical care in these cases. Therapeutic interviewing skills and documenting cases are addressed, as is the recognition of special considerations for suicidal patients. The responder will also learn how to identify signals from potentially violent patients. (1. 0 CE) (55 min)

419 Bleeding and Soft Tissue Injuries

Natural Gas Operations & Maintenance Safety examines general safety precautions for natural gas operations and maintenance; testing for gaseous or oxygen-deficient atmosphere; lock-out and tag-out of gas valves; trenching and excavation safety guidelines; hazards of directional boring; traffic management, including traffic control zones; hazards of static electricity, including possible ignition; and the Hazard Decision Tree Analysis. (1.0 CE) (70 min)

420 Burn Treatment

Burn Treatment addresses burn evaluation, including the Rule of Nines, self-protection when treating a burn patient, common burn agents, burn classification by severity, and characteristics of superficial and full-thickness burns. Other topics include burn complications, smoke inhalation, emergency treatment for burns of the eyes, and emergency treatment for thermal, electrical, and chemical burns. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

421 Bandaging and Splinting

Bandaging and Splinting addresses the functions of a dressing and a bandage and the recognition of both. The course also describes the proper methods for applying each type of dressing or bandage and when to apply them. In addition, it provides the steps for applying a pressure dressing, and describes the effects of improperly applied dressings and tourniquets. This course also explains the reasons for splinting, the general rules that apply to the practice, and common splinting errors. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

422 Injuries to Muscles and Bones

Injuries to Muscles and Bones explains the function of the musculoskeletal system; differences between and open and closed extremity injury; mechanism, signs, and symptoms of common musculoskeletal injuries; relationships between types of accidents and musculoskeletal injuries; and emergency medical care for major musculoskeletal injuries. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

423 Head and Spine Injuries

Head and Spine Injuries examines the mechanisms of head and spinal injuries and lists the signs and symptoms of injury. Assessing head and spinal injuries in both responsive and unresponsive patients is addressed as well as emergency care, including basic immobilization techniques. (1. 0 CE) (65 min)

424 Emergency Childbirth

Emergency Childbirth first reviews the anatomy of pregnancy and the stages of labor. Then, the course discusses the role of the first responder in emergency situations, including how they should prepare and assist the mother in delivery. Finally, it outlines the appropriate after-birth care of the mother and baby, including further emergency steps to take if complications arise. (1. 0 CE) (65 min)

425 Pediatric Patient Assessment

Pediatric Patient Assessment discusses the role of the responder during emergencies involving children and outlines several assessment techniques appropriate for children and infants, as well as for those with special needs. Techniques discussed include the PAT, TICLS, CUPS, and PGCS methods. This course also discusses appropriate ways to identify and transport young priority patients. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

426 Treatment Consent Issues

Treatment Consent Issues examines valid, expressed, and implied consent and explains how to obtain consent for providing medical care, including care for minors and incompetent adults.The course also addresses refusal of care or transport. Advance directives, healthcare proxy agents, and legalities of restraint are other key topics. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

427 Clandestine Drug Labs

Clandestine Drug Labs addresses methamphetamine, meth abusers, and places where meth labs are likely to be hidden; methamphetamine production; hazards unique to clandestine labs; common signs and indicators of meth lab presence; minimizing risk when a clandestine lab is suspected or discovered; how to safely secure a lab site as part of a first response investigation; and how to handle special situations such as contamination and child care.(1. 0 CE) (50 min)

428 Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence examines the root causes and types of domestic violence; steps for law enforcement and EMT responses to domestic violence; and roles of other first responders in domestic violence cases. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

429 Basic First Aid

Basic First Aid summarizes the steps you should take during a medical emergency, including responding to the scene, determining if CPR is necessary, caring for shock, recognizing symptoms, and treating various conditions that require first aid. (1.0 CE) (55 min)

430 Responding to Terrorism

Responding to Terrorism defines terrorism and lists the indicators of potential terrorist attacks. The course will help to prepare a responder by discussing different agents a terrorist might use, the procedures they should follow to prepare for an event and to preserve evidence should one occur, and the different agencies involved in an emergency response. The course also discusses methods a responder can use to protect themselves and others from possible terrorism event hazards. (1. 0 CE) (75 min)

431 EMS Operations

EMS Operations addresses the following primary topics: phases of an out-of-hospital call, ambulance and equipment preparation, the role of emergency medical dispatch, and special privileges for emergency vehicles. Service area familiarity, on-scene protocol for emergency vehicles, air rescue requests, and landing site selection also are examined. (1. 0 CE) (60 min)

432 Fundamentals of Extrication

Fundamentals of Extrication examines the extrication process, inner circle PPE, scene size-up and information relay, common hazards in the inner and outer circles, staging equipment, and stabilizing vehicles. The difference between simple and complex access is explored, as well as protecting the patient during extrication, use of common rescue tools, immobilizing entrapped patients, and rapid extrication. (1. 0 CE) (60 min)

433 Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Materials explains what to do when materials are present at a scene and examines OSHA and NFPA requirements for EMS providers and first responders. Also examined are the symptoms of exposure to a hazardous material, first responder roles during a hazardous materials situation, how to approach a hazardous situation, types of hazards, and OSHA and NFPA requirements for EMS providers and first responders. (1. 0 CE) (55 min)

434 Multiple Casualty Incidents

Multiple Casualty Incidents explores the criteria for and types of multiple casualty incidents. This course also discusses static and dynamic situations, preparations for multiple casualty incidents, local disaster plans, implementation of the Incident Command System, the role of Command, clear text and communication, the role of the first unit on the scene, on-scene reports, EMS sector functions, basic and secondary triage, and patient identification. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

435 Pediatric Medical Emergencies

Pediatric Medical Emergencies summarizes common injuries, illnesses, and physiological concerns that are common to young children and babies. Topics include the management of airway, breathing, circulation, and mental status emergencies, as well as the role of the responder in handling suspected child abuse and fatalities. (1. 0 CE) (50 min)

436 Chemistry for First Responders

Chemistry for First Responders guides the first responder through the fundamental concepts of chemistry and basic atomic structure. This course also addresses safety and environmental compliance, writing chemical formulas, common units of physical and chemical properties, MSDS and SOP terms and acronyms, and acids and bases. Other topics include hazards posed by changing states of matter, unstable chemicals, polymerization, and unintentional mixing. (1. 0 CE) (75 min)