After examining hundreds of research articles, conducting a global survey of EMS professionals, testing more than 100 restraint devices, and reviewing more than 200 cases of assaults on EMTs and paramedics (as provided by the Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Research in EMS), he came to the inescapable conclusion that the state of EMS restraint education is severely inadequate and places both patient and provider in harm’s way. To date, most EMTs and paramedics have been left to navigate these dangerous waters with little or no guidance. That is why David seeks to equip administrators, educators, and field providers with evidence-based tools and techniques for making behavioral restraint safer, more effective, and legally defensible.
Captain David Dalton, BS, EMTP, is a Training Officer and Defensive Tactics Instructor for St. Charles County Ambulance District in Missouri. He has written for multiple EMS textbooks and research publications; developed skills training videos for the AAOS, Zoll, & others; and has spoken at state, regional, and national venues, including the 2018 and 2019 EMS Today Conferences, hosted by the Journal of EMS (JEMS).
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