Thursday, February 4, 2016

EMT Refresher: Responding to a crime scene

As an EMT or Paramedic, you will be called out to crime scenes. There will be times when the Fire Department busts down the doors and a crime scene is found. What happens then? Let's discuss special considerations in responding to potential crime scenes.

Recognizing a crime scene requires a high index of suspicion. A potential crime scene is any scene that may require Police support. As an EMT, be sure to take one way in or out. This will cut down on crime scene contamination and protect you on scene.

Touch only what you need to touch and inform Police what you have touched.

Move only what you need to move to protect the patient, inform Police of what you moved.

Do not use crime scene telephone unless you have permission from Police. Though with everyone having a cell phone, I don't see this being a problem. The only time it may become a problem is if you need a land line or company policy requires that you do not use your own personal phone for work.

In absence of Police permission, move the Patient only if Patient is in danger. Police will escort the Patient to the Ambulance or Coroners truck.

Observe and document everything

Do not cut through holes in clothing that may be caused by stabbing or gunshot wounds. It's always easier to cut along the hemline of clothing.

Do not cut through a rope or tie knot. The rope and tie may contain evidence that is essential to the case.

Do not cover patient with sheet.

If crime is rape, do not wash the patient with any solutions.

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