Brief Report

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

  • John J. McGonigleAffiliated withWestern Regional ASERT, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • , Joann M. MigyankaAffiliated withIndiana University of Pennsylvania
  • , Susan J. Glor-ScheibAffiliated withIndiana University of Pennsylvania
  • , Ryan CramerAffiliated withWestern Regional ASERT, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • , Jeffrey J. FratangeliAffiliated withCollege of Education and Educational Technology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • , Gajanan G. HegdeAffiliated withKatz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • , Jennifer ShangAffiliated withKatz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • , Arvind VenkatAffiliated withDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network Email author 

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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