Pediatric and Geriactric Patients

Mod-6 is a very important module for EMT-basic students but it is second to last in the amount of time devoted to training. Only 7 hours are devoted to training in the national DOT curriculum. This instructor thinks that this is too little time.

Lesson 6-1 Infants and Children

Presents information concerning the developmental and anatomical differences in infants and children, discuss common medical and trauma situations, and also covered are infants children dependent on special technology. Dealing with an ill or injured infant or child patient has always been a challenge for EMS providers.

Lesson 6-2 Practical Skills Lab: Infants and Children

Provides the EMT Basic student with the opportunity to interact with infants and children, and to practice the knowledge and skills learned thus far concerning this special population.

Lesson 6-3 Evaluation: Infants and Children

Conduct a written and skills evaluation to determine the student's level of achievement of the cognitive, psychomotor and affective objectives from this module of instruction.

Lesson 6-4 Geriatric patients

This sub-module is not part of the 1994 DOT curriculum but is is an important part of our assessment skills. It is simply amazing that the largest group of patients in which an EMT will interact receives the least amount of training.

The Mod-6 evaluation is the first that does not have a true practical station. This is a shame since many of the patients that an EMT regularly sees will be geriatric patients. Also, the patients that the EMT sees the least are pediatric patients. Our training facility writes a 50 question test for this module. Many of the questions are derived from infant and pediatric CPR. It behooves the EMT student to review CPR for the module 6 examination.


The skills in this module are so important to learn that the EMT student should seek additional training. There are two associations that are dedicated to specific training for pediatric patients and for geriatric patients.

The PEPP course (Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals) offers an eight hour course devoted to pediatric assessment, trauma and medical emergencies. This is sorely missing in the DOT curriculum.

See the PEPP course web site (warning, opens a new window)

Perhaps the population group that contributes the most to our call volume is the elderly. The MOD-6 curriculum does not even have pediatric assessment. A good place for additional training is the GEMS course (Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services). This is an eight hour course devoted to geriatric assessment, trauma and medical emergencies. I highly recommend you taking the course after you become an EMT since these skills are sorely lacking in anything related to our geriatric population.

See the GEMS course web site (warning, opens a new window).

Download the practice MOD-6 test

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