ERIC Number: ED241696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Pesticide Impact on Human Health in Nebraska: A Survey of Ambulance Services and Rescue Squads. Department Report No. 7.
Vitzthum, Edward F.; And Others
A study examined the employment qualifications, job content, training, and training needs of ambulance service and rescue squad workers in Nebraska. Based on the 268 mail questionnaires that were completed and returned out of a total of 338 sent out, it was concluded that the strengths of the various ambulance and rescue services vary widely. The majority of the services had 75 percent or more of their driver and attendant personnel certified, but only about 41 percent had all certified personnel. Reports of the average amount of training and handling of chemical trauma and pesticide poisoning cases ranged from none to three or four hours. The certification training program available for these workers covers poisonings of all types in approximately three hours. More than one-third of all respondents reported no inservice training on chemical trauma and pesticide poisonings in the past three years. A substantial majority of the respondents did say that their personnel would be likely to participate in such an inservice training program if it were available. Based on these findings, recommendations were made calling for the Nebraska State Department of Health to work together with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Cooperative Extension Service to develop an inservice program for rescue squad workers dealing with chemical trauma and pesticide poisoning emergencies. (MN)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Certification, Educational Attainment, Educational Needs, Emergency Medical Technicians, Employment Qualifications, Inservice Education, Job Performance, Job Skills, Medical Services, Occupational Information, Pesticides, Poisoning, Poisons, Questionnaires, State Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ. Medical Center, Omaha.; Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Inst. of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Identifiers: Chemicals; Nebraska