Ep 11 – Patient Assessment Failure

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[audio:11_PatientAssFail.mp3] (43:43) Learn how Ron failed and then passed Patient Assessment Medical and how that could be a good thing.

Ron also retook his CPR for heathcare provider this weekend, find out why and how that’s important to the newbie.

It is coming down to the final week of class and Ron could be an EMT Basic before the end of the month.

How long should you do CPR? An hour? Listen to find out.

Listener Questions

Lisa O’Connor
Ron – Do any of the students in your class have tattoos?
Kelly – How are tattoos responded to in EMS?
I have been told that I will not ever be hired since I have a small cherry tattoo on each forearm. I have 9 total, but those are the two that “show”. Some have said its no problem, wear a long sleeve under shirt, while others say patients are offended and it makes companies look dirty.
I start school in January, and honestly, am a little nervous about my ink. I just want to know if I should be?

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  • Juan Mor

    Nice site and posts.
    I passed the EMT-B this past June. I just took a drug test for a job with the local county EMS.
    Check out my EMT blog at:
    http://becomingemt.blogspot.com/

  • N3qtrtme

    We had one guy who had the grim reaper tattooed on his forearm… he had to wear long sleeves to cover it. We thought it might send the wrong impression to patients. Other than that one guy, no one else needed to cover up. So, it was limited to “offensive” ink (as determined by management). Facial hair was a no-no because of the older models of HEPA masks and the fit test requirements. These days, they seem a bit more forgiving but back then, someone with facial hair would need to smear petroleum jelly into the hair to get a good seal on the mask. Yucky and time consuming.