Category Archives: EMT-B

Recorded during Ron’s EMT-Basic Class.

Ep 4 – Airways and Reports

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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.

In gear we talk EMS Pocket guides and how they can improve your reports.
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Ep 3 – DNR, Palpation and Medical Control

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This week we talk about Ron’s first test and getting his shots finished up. Kelly gives some insight into what the National Registry test questions are like as well.

Then we go into taking vitals and Kelly gives a really great tip on palpating a pulse. We talk about medical control. How Kelly contacts them and when he does.

In the gear section we discuss blood pressure cuffs. And from he book and class we talk about DNRs and how Kelly deals with that one family member who wants you to do the resuscitation anyway.


There is a DNR Bracelet in Texas as well.
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The Pen Light Ron ordered.

Ep 2 – Sex And EMT Pants

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This is episode 2 of Confessions of an EMS Newbie where we talk about Love, Sex, Relationships, and the EMT as well as Anatomy, Physiology, and those cool EMT Pants. The show begins with a discussion of Ron getting ready for clinicals and the trials of getting all his shots. We learn how Kelly does 200 mile, one way critical care transports, and why Hurricane Katrina is to blame.

Through number of comments Ron gets the idea is is easier to get laid in EMS. Kelly gives him the real scoop. And while EMS may get you married, it is hard being married to someone else in medicine and it hard being married to someone outside of it. Ron is already beginning to see a separation where he doesn’t want to tell his wife stories from EMS to protect her.

Talking from his book, Kelly explains how ambulances are staged, or positioned and what an ambulance station is like. And don’t get him started on System Status Management, but Ron did.

In the gear you really need, it is time for Ron to get his uniform, so we talk boots and pants. Do EMT’s really use those cool trauma shear straps? What is the biggest give away of a sparky new EMT? And what is in Kelly’s pockets?

Lucy Hornstein, Declarations of a Dinosaur: 10 Laws I’ve Learned as a Family Doctor

Boot makers: Magnum, High Tech, Bates, and Rocky.
Kelly’s review of Magnum boots

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