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Five Things EMT Classes MUST Teach

Five Things EMT Classes MUST Teach

You don’t have to look far to find an online discussion where students are talking about feeling unprepared for the NREMT exam—especially at the EMT level. Many are saying the tests they took in class are nothing like the NREMT—and they’re right. When updated education standards were released seven years ago, EMS education was supposed […]

Are New Paramedics Like Labrador Retrievers?

Are New Paramedics Like Labrador Retrievers?

Yes. In one main way. When you show a Labrador retriever a stick or a ball, they start to go a little nuts. They shake and whine until they get to retrieve. This same thing can happen when new paramedics see the drug box. Instead of shifting into deep clinical decision making, they shake and […]

A Tale of Five Geriatric Patients

A Tale of Five Geriatric Patients

By Dan Limmer We hear a lot about the differences between the geriatric patient and younger adult patients. Rather than list the differences between patient types, I’d rather use five of my favorite geriatric calls to highlight some of the important elements. For additional details and insights I have recorded an audio debrief of each patient […]

Our Wishes for EMS Education in 2016

Our Wishes for EMS Education in 2016

Embrace the 2015 AHA Guidelines Let’s face it: there are still providers slamming the NRB mask on patients who don’t need it. Worse yet, some educators still teach it. From an EMS standpoint we bombed at implementation of the 2010 guidelines. The 2015 guidelines don’t have major changes. So let’s shore up the 2010 guidelines, embrace […]

10 Commandments for EMS Survival

10 Commandments for EMS Survival

By Dan Limmer It was in the early 1990s when I wrote Ten Commandments for EMS Survival. Never did I believe it would get the exposure it has in the past 20+ years. It was first presented at a great little conference in Binghamton, NY run by Bill Loller. They even made t-shirts out of […]

The Progression of EMT Class

The Progression of EMT Class

This is the time in an EMT class when things get a bit crazy. It happens every time. Any experienced educator knows this. A series of things converge to put stress at a maximum level right after Thanksgiving. There is actually a predictable path for every EMT course. It goes like this: If you are […]

Oxygen is the Wonder Drug No More

Oxygen is the Wonder Drug No More

Last summer, we wrote a blog post in response to the 2010 AHA guidelines and the guidelines for oxygen administration in patients with ACS and stroke. People were all over our Facebook posts and YouTube videos telling us we were wrong when we presented a scenario or test question that involved oxygen decisions. Patients with chest […]

[QUIZ] Test Your Medical Terminology Knowledge

[QUIZ] Test Your Medical Terminology Knowledge

This quiz contains medical terms taken from the Instructional Guidelines that accompany the National EMS Education Standards. Each of the terms in this quiz are found within that document and are in the scope of an EMT to know. How well do you know your EMT terms? Make sure to share your results and challenge […]

[QUIZ] Test your Knowledge of Cardiac Emergencies

[QUIZ] Test your Knowledge of Cardiac Emergencies

Chest pain is a frequent patient complaint, but not all chest pain is due to a cardiac emergency. As an EMS provider understanding the anatomy and physiology of the cardiac and respiratory systems, as well as the mechanism of action for treatments, like defibrillation, aspirin, and nitroglycerin, is important for effective patient care. Take our […]

[NREMT Tip] Digesting a NREMT Question #2

All new Digesting a Test Question video to help you to analyze, break apart and correctly answer a NREMT test question. See our first Digesting a Test Question video.