Interview Questions for Bob Page

This is short notice. We’re recording tomorrow night, so give me questions quick!

I met Bob at the Texas EMS conference when I went to his workshop on stethoscopy. It was awesome and I’m sure regular listeners remember hearing me talk about it.

I also went to his lecture on 15 lead EKG. Yes, 15 lead.

Bob is an EMS educator from Missouri. He’s the one I mentioned gave his student Littman Cardiology stethoscopes when they passed his stethoscope training.

We’ll be talking about those things and EMS education in the interview. But what questions do you have for Bob.

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  • Dandude

    What are some “must knows” for EMS about stethoscopy? What the hell is a 15 lead EKG? How do you feel about EMS reading and interpitating 12 leads, (or 15)?

  • Gerald Byrnes

    Hello, I got my EMT-B in New Mexico over the summer, just before moving to Tempe, Arizona. In addition to learning a slightly wider SOP in NM than National Registry standard, I also started learning to read 12-lead. I don’t have a job here in AZ (although I do have National Registry and a temporary AZ license), but the people I’ve talked to seem rather startled when they learn that. Am I going a bit overboard and becoming “that guy” or is it just a bit of an attitude difference between states with different Basic Scopes of Practice? What are good resources for practice assements,12-lead and stethoscopy since I have no patients?

  • Christine Springfield

    First, I would like to say that I have heard wonderful things about Bob’s classes and look forward to attending them at upcoming conferences.

    Concerning stethoscopes:
    1. For the listeners who may have suffered some hearing damage in past years from things like roof-mounted sirens, firing rifles without hearing protection, helicopter rotor blades and such, is any particular scope better than another?
    2. Are expensive scopes always the best?
    3. What are the benefits/drawbacks to a pressure sensitive stethoscope head versus a dual-headed scope?
    4. Short of attending one of your “Stethoscopy for Dummies” courses, are there any resources we can use in the meantime to brush up on our skills? The seminar handout on your site looks like a good place to start…

    Concerning capnography:
    1. Why do you suppose it is that even in services that have capnography built into their cardiac monitors, we hardly ever use it? (I’m guessing because no one actually knows how to interpret the waveform to gain useful information)
    2. What kind of patients are going to benefit most from this tool? (After we learn how to utilize the waveform, I bet it will be obvious. The main point is that I am guessing a LOT of our patients could benefit from capnography)
    3. Would you discuss the differences between colormetric devices, capnometers, and capnographs?

    Hope this gives you a start, Ron! Thanks to both of you for the time and effort spent in conducting these Q&A sessions!