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Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS), Second Edition



Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS), Second Edition builds off the previous edition and includes expanded content that will cover new areas addressed in the National EMS Education Standards, including mobile integrated healthcare and disasters.

The National Association of EMTs has partnered with Jones & Bartlett Learning and the American Geriatrics Society to develop the second edition GEMS course. A team of experienced EMS educators and clinicians serving as members of NAEMT’s GEMS Committee has designed a course that prepares EMS practitioners to respond to the unique challenges and needs of an older patient. The course aims to empower practitioners with geriatric-specific training to help them improve the medical outcomes and quality of life for these patients.

The Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services course is an innovative, comprehensive, and highly interactive 1-day course for both BLS and ALS providers with:

  • Case-based lectures
  • Live-action video
  • Hands-on skill stations
  • Small group scenarios

New to the Second Edition:

  • The introduction of a one-day, 8-hour “core” provider course
  • More geriatric-specific information is included in the lectures
  • New lecture on Disasters and the associated needs of older patients
  • New lecture on Mobile Integrated Healthcare-Community Paramedicine and the opportunity to make a difference with older patients
  • Videos covering Elder Abuse, MIH-CP, and Trauma


  • Chapter_1  Aging
  • Chapter_2  Changes with Age
  • Chapter_3  Communication
  • Chapter_4  Assessment of the Older Patient
  • Chapter_5  Psychosocial Aspects of Aging
  • Chapter_6  Death and Dying
  • Chapter_7  Trauma
  • Chapter_8  Respiratory Emergencies
  • Chapter_9  Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Chapter_10  Neurological Emergencies
  • Chapter_11  Other Medical Emergencies
  • Chapter_12  Pharmacology and Medication Toxicity
  • Chapter_13  Elder Abuse
  • Chapter_14  Mobile Integrated Healthcare
  • Chapter_15  Elderly in Disasters

About the Author

Formed in 1975 and more than 32,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the nation’s only organization solely dedicated to representing the professional interests of all EMS practitioners, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, and other professionals working in prehospital emergency medicine. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government service agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. NAEMT represents all EMS practitioners in promoting:
  • Greater understanding and appreciation by government agencies at the local, state, and national levels of the role that EMS plays in our nation’s health care, public safety, and disaster response systems.
  • Pay and benefits that reflect their professional training, responsibilities, and dedication.
  • Leadership at the federal level that fosters and supports the delivery of quality EMS nationwide.
  • Adequate and sustainable funding for EMS in all locations.
  • Public policy that supports EMS practitioners and the patients they serve.

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Weight 1.31 lbs
Dimensions 8.4 × 0.4 × 10.7 in
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