EMS 1 and Other March Happenings


March has been a busy month. I am two-thirds of the way through teaching the Special Populations section of my paramedic program for the first time. We have covered neonates, peds, and are wrapping up geriatrics. Next is special operations, triage, incident command, and disaster response, which is quite a variety of topics. It is challenging to master the material and cover it in ways that promote critical thinking. I enjoy the challenge, and am learning more every day.

My school also has new faculty members create an e-portfolio demonstrating their development. I finished mine a few weeks ago,  which can be viewed here.

I also began writing for EMS 1. I have two “10 thing you need to know” columns up about STEMI and stroke, and a few more are in the works. I found these nuggets to be challenging to write because I wanted cram as much information in as few words as possible. It is also the first time I have been given an assigned topic for articles, which I did not want to screw up. This series¬† accompanies the super-cool Pulsara App, which timestamps assessment findings and treatment through patients’ entire continuum of care.

Finally, last week I was a guest on Inside EMS, where I debated Kelly Grayson and Chris Cebollero about tiered response. I have written before about why I believe a paramedic should go on every 911 call, both in EMS World and here. I appreciate Kelly and Chris having me on; it was a spirited discussion on the podcast, and both arguments were supported with data. Take a listen and share your thoughts.

 

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