Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 1252–1259

Development and Evaluation of Educational Materials for Pre-hospital and Emergency Department Personnel on the Care of Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Authors

  • John J. McGonigle
    • Western Regional ASERT, Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Joann M. Migyanka
    • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Susan J. Glor-Scheib
    • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Ryan Cramer
    • Western Regional ASERT, Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Jeffrey J. Fratangeli
    • College of Education and Educational TechnologyIndiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Gajanan G. Hegde
    • Katz Graduate School of BusinessUniversity of Pittsburgh
  • Jennifer Shang
    • Katz Graduate School of BusinessUniversity of Pittsburgh
    • Department of Emergency Medicine, Allegheny General HospitalAllegheny Health Network
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-013-1962-0

Cite this article as:
McGonigle, J.J., Migyanka, J.M., Glor-Scheib, S.J. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2014) 44: 1252. doi:10.1007/s10803-013-1962-0

Abstract

With the rising prevalence of patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), there has been an increase in the acute presentation of these individuals to the general health care system. Emergency medical services and emergency department personnel commonly address the health care needs of patients with ASD at times of crisis. Unfortunately, there is little education provided to front-line emergency medical technicians, paramedics and emergency nurses on the characteristics of ASD and how these characteristics can create challenges for individuals with ASD and their health care providers in the pre-hospital and emergency department settings. This paper describes the development of educational materials on ASD and the results of training of emergency medical services and emergency department personnel.

Keywords

Emergency medical services Emergency nurse Emergency department Autism spectrum disorder Education

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