Like our trauma patients, our thoughts on trauma care seem to go to extremes. We must balance prompt transport with adequate assessment and valuable on-scene care. While the need to transport our patients for surgical intervention is undeniable, the physical and mental toolboxes for determining criticality in trauma assessment have never been greater.
One of the greatest things about being an EMS provider is the need to use both your brain and your hands as your tools of the trade. How can you protect yourself and your patient with the proper glove protocol.
Over the years there have been some very meaningful books written by EMS providers. Here are five authors in the “must read” category. If they have written it, you should invest the time in reading it. Would you add other authors?
by Dan Limmer A student recently emailed me this question: Mr. Limmer, I couldn’t make the review class you held last night because I had to work. I’m taking my NREMT exam tomorrow at 9:00 am. Do you have any suggestions for prepping for the exam? What should students do in the last 24 hours […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.