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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 […]

Looking for EMT Question Writers!

Looking for EMT Question Writers!

At Limmer Creative, we are known for our high quality questions.  We are working on a new EMT project and are looking for some great content.  If you can write amazing multiple choice questions we’d like to see your work! Please submit the following by Tuesday, February 9, 2016 5 Multiple choice questions in the following […]

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 […]

Hitting the books: What does that really mean?

Hitting the books: What does that really mean?

By Dan Limmer I recently talked to a student who had failed the NREMT exam several times. I asked him how he’d prepared between attempts. He said what most students say: “I hit the books.” It turns out students mean a wide variety of things when they say they hit the books—many of which don’t […]

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 […]

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 […]