Ep 27 Let the Testing Begin

[audio:27_LetTestingBegin.mp3] (46:53) Ron had two tests and his last clinical this week. Pretty much nothing but testing from here on out. We talk a little about EMT Intermediate 85/99.

Learn at what point Ron’s last patient asked, “Did I get a student?” And all about his injury prevention program he’s working on.

We follow up on the Tazer vs. GSW discussion with feed back from someone who’s experienced both. This leads to how much does and IO really hurt? And a discussion of the various IO devices.

Listener Questions
I was wondering if, on the show, Kelly could give any info or opinions about specialty EMT professions. Things like Tactical EMTs, Wilderness EMTs, etc..– Don

National Safe Kids Campaign
National Registry of EMT – EMT-I 85 and 99
SOLO Wilderness EMT course
George Washington University Paramedic ER course
CONTOMS Tactical Medic Course
CCEMT-P Course from University of Maryland Baltimore County
International Flight Paramedic Association

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7 thoughts on “Ep 27 Let the Testing Begin”

  1. I went to Remote Medical International in Washington state for my Wilderness EMT. It was great. I believe they have a thing now called an RMUR program and they also have wilderness medicine based for more advanced practitioners such as Nurses, Paramedics and Doctors. I did get an MPIC cert which is for the offshore type stuff Kelly was talking about. I don’t have a use for it directly but it was some great info to learn and have available.

    Keep up the good work guys!

  2. It is not PETA who regulates the use of animals in academic or teaching settings. Also, it is not because of their organization that you don’t practice intubations on animals for your medic classes. While PETA is a radical animal rights organization that is certainly opposed to the use of animals in this manner, regulation of the usage of animals in education and research is all done at the federal level, through the USDA, NIH, and many ANIMAL WELFARE organizations. Sure, ANIMAL RIGHTS organizations (like PETA,) don’t want you practicing your skills on cats, but remember, they are also opposed to things like eating meat. The point I’m trying to make is that your school COULD allow you to practice on cats. That wouldn’t be a problem, but they’d have to go through the proper committees and have the proper organizational oversight to ensure ANIMAL WELFARE is upheld (like an IACUC.) I’d just hate for you to mix up the concept of animal RIGHTS (think PETA, who believe that animals should have the same rights as people,) with animal WELFARE (i.e. believing that it is our responsibility to make sure animals do not suffer when they are used for human benefit, like in educational settings or research.) Laws regarding animal use as educational tools or in research settings are in place to ensure animal welfare, not to enforce some kind of “animal rights” ideal. Remember, while PETA definitely is against you guys practicing your skills on cats, they’re certainly not the reason that you are not. End soapbox =)

  3. Ron,
    Wish you could rub some of your white cloud mojo off on me. It seems that I am a very very black cloud now. I did my first ER clinical last monday (12/6) the whole time I was there, the ER was swamped to the point where they wre about out of rooms. Even the nurses there were commenting that it was way bussier than normal. I have my last ER clinical this comming monday (12/13) hope it can end on a high note.

    Also found out last night(12/9) that I will be taking the practical portion of the nation registry exam next thursday (12/16) when I come to lab. I have been watching on youtube various vids of the stations. Is there any other advise you or Kelly can give me that could help me out next thursday??

  4. I’m aware that PETA has no means of regulating the use of animals in teaching settings. The classes I’ve taken in the past that used cats or ferrets as animal models all had veterinarians and such as adjunct faculty to make sure the animals were properly cared for and to manage the anesthesia. Everything was done according to regulations and it was perfectly legal.

    They quit, however, because PETA got wind of it and raised a stink. PETA had no means of doing anything other than creating political pressure and trying to influence public perception, but for those schools, the threat of negative public perception was enough to make them stop using animals.

  5. This should teach me to post before listening to the whole program.

    Just a quick nitpick, the UMBC CCEMTP program is Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Program, not Critical Care Emergency Medical Technician- Paramedic.

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