This week we cover Airways and Reports on Confessions of an EMS Newbie. Ron’s class is doing skills labs in securing a patient to a backboard, airway management, oxygen and we discuss them all.
Some of Ron’s questions include, “Do paramedics use OPAs and NPAs? Or is intubation just the silver hammer of airways?”
Then we move onto writing reports, which Ron will have to do for his clinicals and he’s paranoid about. Kelly answers the question, “How do you remember everything that happens on a call for the report?”
We have a couple of listener questions. Katie asks how to make the most of a EMS ride along and Kelly’s answers will help anyone who is preparing to work on an ambulance, whether a ride along, for clinicals, or as the new guy on the truck.
And did you wonder what happen to the guy from the chicken gut truck? We’ll find out today.
In the book section we’ll talk about a very airway related story and what it is like to be sued as a paramedic.
Vocabulary in this episode:
CHF – congestive hear failure
Link for explanation and pictures of oxygen masks.
EMS Garage – C-spine episode