EMS cares for patients from every walk of life, social status and station. To do so requires confidence to care for their unique needs and this confidence must be based in fundamental education and understanding. Transgender patients have unique needs both personally and professionally, but to date, little has been done to educate EMS providers in those needs. This creates the potential for transgender patients to avoid seeking care and EMS providers feeling unsure in how to approach and care for them.
HealthEast Medical Transportation, based in St. Paul, MN, is undertaking a national survey of EMS provider confidence in transgender patient care as well as opinions and experience of transgender patients with EMS care. The information from the survey will be used to create an EMS-specific curriculum on transgender patient care.
This survey is anonymous and completely voluntary. It can be completed by clicking on the following link. Feel free to forward it to any EMS agencies or providers you believe would be willing to take it as well as any transgender individuals or transgender social media sites.
Only through understanding and professionalism can EMS provide the best care not only to transgender but all patients.
Please contact the persons listed below with any questions about this survey.
Eli Bevis, NREMT (he)
EMT and lead researcher for this project
MJ Zappa, BS, NRP, FP-C (she/he/they/it)
Paramedic and lead educator for this project
Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP, FAEMS (he)
Medical Director and physician oversight for this project