76 Calling In Reports

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(32:01) Starting a new semester with testing. And doing medic things everyone does, but that he hasn’t learned yet.

What I Did This Week

Assessment Based Management

Tested all our paramedic skills.
The one that got the most people was Static Cardiology.
I got all the rhythms, but mess-up 2 drug doses
Also you have to treat the patient, meaning if they have a bee sting and no cardiac issue treat an allergic reaction

Clinicals

First time to call in reports to hospitals.
On the phone.
Wrote it down first

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Listener Questions

peter
Hello guys. I am a teenager who is taking the EMT course in just a week. For the past 2 years I have been listening to podcasts, reading books, talking to EMTs, and other stuff to prepare me with a thirst to help others. However I watched a video in drivers ed today about a student from my high school who during his Junior year got severely injured in a car accident. In this video they interviewed the EMTs from my local EMS service, who I personally know. In that moment it hit me, I might have to see someone my age get severely inured and I became sick to my stomach, almost fainting. and doubting in the first time in over 2 years that I want to be an EMT. Do either of you ever have the same idea as me? If so what do you do about it? Thanks,
EMT Soxfan
Hey there, I have an odd question maybe. I’m a super-green EMT at a fire dept. I was on one of my first shifts (24hr) and being at the station ate dinner with everyone. Shortly after the meal, when going to bed I started to get really nausiated and woke up several times to throw up. We had a call come in at 3AM-ish and I had not idea what to do. I didn’t want to be a wimp so I shut up and just went to the call, figuring it was just food poisoning anyway and wouldn’t endanger the patient. Fought back the up-slushie through the transport and threw up the second we got back. What should I have done? Was this bad EMS etiquette? Bad for the px? Didn’t know where to ask- I’m too embarrassed to bring it up at the station…
Jason
Catching up on the podcast and listened to 73 where you asked about ALTE and studying for peds par of the registry. We require PEPP for our medic students when we do PHTLS and ACLS at the end of the programas refreshers going into the exam. PEPP is an all ob/peds emergency class that covers ALTE and also counts for all registry recert hours. Give it a shot its a good class.
ken wrote:
great show guys. Question for you Kelly. Have you seen before any type of sticker for your car windshield that states the driver is diabetic & to call 911 if you suspect the driver is having a diabetic emergency?? I was walking into a local store and noticed a car parked in the handicapped spot having one of these stickers on the corner of the windshield on the drivers side.
Ron and Kelly,
Will you two continue the show after Ron has graduated from Paramedic school? Is there a chance of a future “EMS Newbie” coming aboard? I’m starting Paramedic school myself in January, and this show has been a great resource. Thanks for all that you guys do, and keep up the good work!
Happy Holidays!,
Nate
Mike
I’m another 40 something photographer that is getting into EMS. In fact I know two other photographers that are paramedics. I got my basic a year ago and just finished my intermediate. Now I want to decide between medic school or nursing school. What are some of your greatest challenges as an older student starting in a new field. Do you still plan on doing photography work once you get out of school?
shannon
Dear Kelly and Ron, I noticed that you have not done Mother and Speed reference yet, which is odd considering the intro to the show. Love the show, I am an EMT in LA and have been listening for almost a year. Question for Kelly, any tips on getting published?
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  • N3qtrtme

    Kneeboard – I used to have on in the Army and I did use it on the truck, too.  SAM Medical (people who make the SAM splint) used to make make one with write-on/wipe-off assessment pages designed for EMS.  Maybe they still have a few?

    Albuterol/Atrovent Imprint –  Hate to say this but I checked our truck yesterday… the round/square design is not reliable.  We have them on the truck with Atrovent packaged in square and round tubes.  I’m sticking with using the sharpie to highlight the imprint.  (One more reason to hate drug companies!)

    Older on the truck – Yeah, know the feeling!  I have started using my reading glasses as safety glasses so I can read the BP gauge and med bottles.  On the bright side, I think age adds quite a bit of ability to recognize conditions and empathize with patients.  At 18, you really don’t know what some of this stuff feels like but at 40, you have a bit more experience with the real world and can understand complaints better. 

    I was wondering… since Ron has more experience now, how about revisiting the “What’s in your pockets” or useful uniform implements, etc. topic? 

    Thanks!
    Christine