Combative Patients

Engine company members need to understand that an attack on them by a combative patient is not personal. The patient likely is seeing threats in the form of shapes and sounds and is reacting on an instinctual level. Treating the situation as a problem to be solved rather than a fight to win helps reduce injuries to the patient and the crew. Learning to keep emotions from interfering during an altercation is difficult but not impossible. Figuring out how to control emotional responses while in the heat of battle is not nearly as effective as training before the need arises…

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