With the rising prevalence of patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), there has been an increase in the acute presentation of these individuals to the general health care system. Emergency medical services and emergency department personnel commonly address the health care needs of patients with ASD at times of crisis. Unfortunately, there is little education provided to front-line emergency medical technicians, paramedics and emergency nurses on the characteristics of ASD and how these characteristics can create challenges for individuals with ASD and their health care providers in the pre-hospital and emergency department settings. This paper describes the development of educational materials on ASD and the results of training of emergency medical services and emergency department personnel.
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This project was funded through a grant from the Bureau of Autism Services, Department of Public Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the Western Regional Autism Services, Education, Resources, Training (ASERT) Collaborative at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC.
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McGonigle, J.J., Migyanka, J.M., Glor-Scheib, S.J. et al. Development and Evaluation of Educational Materials for Pre-hospital and Emergency Department Personnel on the Care of Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord 44, 1252–1259 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-013-1962-0
- Emergency medical services
- Emergency nurse
- Emergency department
- Autism spectrum disorder