It’s hard not to think of an EMS provider NOT having a bit of damaged brain to choose this profession, but the reality is unlike the callouses on our hands we develop from our tough work, our brains do not afford us this protection.
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.
In ACLS and PALS, we learn the H’s and T’s during cardiac events. Interestingly, we can use the H’s and T’s for not just pulseless cardiac arrest, but as one avenue for assessment of the unknowns in a patient without reliable history and information. Here is how six H’s and five T’s can be used in patient assessment.
We overheard Dan Limmer, our Chief Pass-ologist, talking to a student during his office hours on EMTReview.com. The student had two days until he took the NREMT exam and asked Dan what he thought he should study. Many of you are headed to the NREMT this month after completing your EMT class. We thought you might like to know what Dan said.
There are lots of great features for educators on LC-Ready. We have put together some resources for you to learn more about how to best use our app resources and reporting tools in your classroom.
A recent New York Times opinion piece discussed the issue of laptops in the classroom. It was a popular piece and frequently shared among EMS educators but are we looking at the problem from the wrong direction?
As exam season starts, Facebook study groups are lighting up with posts from students who find perfectly reasonable questions totally outrageous. They label the NREMT as “ridiculous” and “out of touch with the street.” Why? Because they are poorly prepared for what to expect.
“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” Miles Kington, probably never thought his quote could be used for EMS. Now let’s talk about our knowledge and wisdom of oxygen.
Takeaways for writing high-quality multiple choice exam items as learned from our first item writing panel in Las Vegas October 2017.