The United States is home to 46 million adults ages 65 and older, representing about 15% of the population, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Over the next 25 years, that number is projected to rise to nearly 80 million, with older adults making up nearly 27% of the population. The number of adults over 80 is expected to grow from about 12 million today to 27 million.  The course aims to empower practitioners with geriatric specific training to help them improve the medical outcomes and quality of life for these patients.  

Recognizing the critical importance of Geriatric EMS education to quality patient care, the 8-hour GEMS Core Course is designed for a combined BLS/ALS classroom for all EMS students and can be offered on its own, or in conjunction with a second one-day “advanced” scenario-based course (in development).  

While still maintaining a scenario-based approach with emphasis on the GEMS diamond, the PowerPoint lectures include slides that highlight geriatric specific content such as fall prevention, epidemiology, polypharmacy, and more. The lectures provide core knowledge to ensure a foundation of understanding for the scenarios, and ultimately for assessing and treating patients.

Ultimately this course will enhance the competence, confidence and compassion of EMS practitioners in responding to geriatric patients.  Course sites will be able to offer the 8-hour Core Course alone, or in combination the Advanced Course (coming soon) for a 16-hour GEMS experience.

Course Format:  Classroom

Course Hours:  8 Hours

Prerequisite:  None

Intended Audience:  EMT’s, Paramedics, Emergency Medical Responders, Nurses, Nurse Practioners, Physician Assistants, and Physicians.