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Do you fail if you kill a patient?

Do you fail if you kill a patient?

Our friend, Becky Valentine, posted a note on her Facebook page telling a story where she heard a student waiting to take their final practical ask, “Is it a fail if you kill the patient?” It is a great anecdote—and one of the many questions our students ask that make us both smile and shake […]

10 Tips to Improve Your Differential Diagnostic Skills

10 Tips to Improve Your Differential Diagnostic Skills

Differential diagnosis is a hallmark skill for EMTs, AEMTs and paramedics. EMS has progressed beyond the “EMS doesn’t diagnose” days to become a critical thinking-oriented practice in which differential diagnosis is necessary. There’s a tenet stating that 90% of emergency medicine happens in the cognitive domain—the realm of thought. Although EMS providers’ practice is guided […]

10 Things You Should Know About Medical Emergencies

10 Things You Should Know About Medical Emergencies

In EMT class, many students don’t realize there’s a significant difference between the medical patient and the trauma patient. The difference begins at assessment and continues through care. The medical patient’s assessment is focused more on history. And in contrast to many traumatic conditions for which surgery is the main treatment, there are a lot […]

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 […]

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 […]

[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 […]

Is it Really Too Easy? Results from the Limmer Creative & EMS1.com Cardiology Quiz

Is it Really Too Easy? Results from the Limmer Creative & EMS1.com Cardiology Quiz

  The results are in: We don’t know as much as we think we do. With over 18,000 people (as of the writing of this article) taking the Cardiology quiz there were some very interesting findings. Frequently seen in social media postings around this quiz was the comment that it was “too easy.” The results don’t […]

Medical Identification Tattoos

Medical Identification Tattoos

By Dan Limmer We get quite a few questions that come in to us here at Limmer Creative. Over the past year we have had several questions about using tattoos instead of medical alert devices. A quick search on the topic found that medical identification tattoos appear to be quite popular. The question is whether […]

The State of Cardiac Resuscitation: It’s about the BLS

The State of Cardiac Resuscitation: It’s about the BLS

If an EMS system wanted to improve their survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, the most important things they can do are at the BLS level. Not to say there isn’t a place for ALS, but it’s all about the BLS. (Insert Meghan Trainor music here.) As we anxiously await the 2015 AHA guidelines being released […]