Until All the Pieces Fit
As a pre-hospital care provider, on average, you are seven times more likely to encounter a patient diagnosed with autism. It is not one condition, but rather a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and non-verbal communication. As a result, these patients can present to EMS providers with unique assessment and management challenges.
This presentation will explain the autism spectrum as well as certain notable characteristics of these patients to consider when performing an assessment and rendering medical treatment.
At the end of this session, the participant will be able to:
1. Explain the difference between scripting, parroting and stimming.
2. Describe the characteristics of a patient that functions on the high-end vs. low-end of the autism spectrum.
3. Explain some of the unique considerations when assessing a patient with autism.
4. Design a management plan for an autistic patient presenting with a medical emergency.