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Service Animals and EMS




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There guest post over at Everyday EMS Tips – not by me – about something that most of us only rarely encounter in EMS. Transport Tips When an EMS Patient has a Service Dog.

Do we tell patients that they must abandon their eye glasses, in order to be transported by ambulance?

Do we tell patients that they must abandon their hearing aids, in order to be transported by ambulance?

Do we tell patients that they must abandon their prosthetic limbs, in order to be transported by ambulance?

Why do so many of us tell patients they must abandon their service animals, in order to be transported by ambulance?

Will an ambulance require any special cleaning after transporting a service animal, as opposed to appropriate cleaning after transporting any patient with an unknown infection?

Emily Williamson makes some excellent points. We will provide better care to patients with service animals, if we pay attention to what she writes.

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