Handling Medical Emergencies in the Workplace


About the Course 

Physical therapists may not be adequately prepared to handle medical emergencies that can occur in the workplace. This course is designed to provide rehabilitation and other healthcare providers with an increased understanding of how to manage medical emergencies at work. It will provide participants with an appreciation of cardiovascular emergencies, strokes, choking and respiratory emergencies, syncope, seizures, diabetic emergencies, head injuries resulting from falls, anaphylaxis, opioid crisis, life-threatening bleeding, shock, and behavioral/psychiatric emergencies and will provide strategies for how to assess and manage these medical emergencies until trained EMS personnel arrive. Emphasis is placed on current evidence-based best practice interventions related to pre-hospital emergency care.  

???Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the 6 “W’s” that can be used as a guideline for calling 911
  • Differentiate between four different types of common electrical abnormalities of her heart
  • Recognize two signs and symptoms of heart failure
  • Identify the warning signs of a stroke
  • Identify at least five signs and symptoms of severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic) emergencies
  • Identify the steps for administration of epinephrine by autoinjector
  • Delineate how the American Heart Association defines a hypertensive crisis
  • Identify at least five signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia.
  • Identify appropriate prehospital treatment for victims of hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic diabetic emergencies
  • Identify appropriate prehospital treatment for syncope
  • Identify at least three signs and symptoms of seizures
  • State at least four signs and symptoms of a subarachnoid hemorrhage

About the Author

Andrea Rodgers, PT, DPT is a Senior Physical Therapist III at Hackensack Meridian Health/ Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science from The College of William and Mary, her Master of Physical Therapy from Rutgers University, and a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University. She is a nationally certified lymphedema therapist (CLT-LANA) and also specializes in pelvic floor physical therapy (CAPP from the American Physical Therapy Association), osteoporosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She has many years of experience treating pediatrics as well as trauma, orthopedic, cardiac, and neurological patients  in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She is a member of the Jersey Shore University Medical Center ALS Team. She has been a volunteer emergency medical technician for 35 years with her local first aid and rescue squad, including serving as Captain and training officer. She is a NJ State EMT Elective Continuing Education Provider, certified naloxone instructor, and Stop the Bleed instructor.  

How to Receive Credit  

  • View the video which requires a 6-hour commitment of time.
  • A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  

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