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Educators in the Field: Preceptors and FTOs

Educators in the Field: Preceptors and FTOs

By Dan Limmer How “street ready” is an EMT student when he or she passes a class and the NREMT? Agencies want providers who are well prepared, but in most cases that isn’t the reality. To be prepared to do the job, a new EMT needs time in the field with either a preceptor or […]

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 […]

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 […]

Time to Tune Your Tests

Time to Tune Your Tests

You’ve administered your final exam. Your students have finished their practical and are off to schedule their NREMT exams. This is the part of the semester when you can take a breath and look back on your class. When we look back on a semester, we often concentrate on content areas, flow, skills, and exam […]

Say Goodbye to Always and Never

Say Goodbye to Always and Never

By Dan Limmer A student in the Facebook EMT/Paramedic study group recently asked this question: “If a patient is unconscious, is it [the sequence] always C-A-B?” I can see why a student would ask that. It’s December, they’re preparing for the NREMT, and they want to get some key facts squared away in their mind. The […]

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 […]

Why Do Students Pass Their EMT Course But Not Take the NREMT Exam?

Why Do Students Pass Their EMT Course But Not Take the NREMT Exam?

As the exam season approaches, Stephanie and I have been talking to a lot of educators. A new topic has emerged in many of these conversations: Students are passing their EMT class but not taking the NREMT exam. While I can only report this anecdotally, I will say that I have heard this from a […]

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 […]

Suction Decision Making

Suction Decision Making

We recently received a question from an EMT student: If an unresponsive patient is vomiting would you suction first or roll the patient on his/her side and then suction? In answering this question we realized just how much we need to get away from one definite answer and discuss guidelines instead. Then the realization hit that the answer […]

Less Likely to Kill

Less Likely to Kill

By Dan Limmer Despite our best efforts the classroom is a sterile environment. Simulated patients present with conditions that are usually responsive to the treatments we teach. These patients have single conditions and signs and symptoms that match those conditions. The classroom is a beautiful place. The reality of the street is different. Patients have […]