SCA & Opioid Overdose, Pulmonary Embolism on EMS 1

Tweet Over at EMS 1 I have two clinical articles up. In How To Treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Opioid Overdose I wrote about how to tell the difference between ineffective breathing from sudden cardiac arrest versus opioid overdose and how the management is different. In 4 Things EMS Providers Need To Know About Pulmonary […]

Tips For Running Lab Scenarios on EMS 1

Tweet Have you ever run a lab scenario, whether in an initial education class or for continuing education, that just went out of control? Perhaps it was done on the fly and one decision by the team derailed the scenario from the direction you had in mind. Perhaps some equipment failed or an actor went […]

Takeaway from the EMS 3.0 Transformation Summit

Tweet A few weeks ago I went on a call for a 23 year old patient who had a toothache. She had had a tooth removed at a hospital-based dental clinic four hours earlier and wanted a ride to that hospital’s emergency department for the pain. She gathered her things, walked to the ambulance, sat […]

Big NREMT Changes For Paramedics

Tweet Last summer I attended an NREMT Scenario Development Workshop, which was one of the best courses I have taken. The workshop covered the new portfolio requirements for paramedic students during their program, the new patient care scenario station on NREMT testing day and how to develop scenarios that prepare students for work in the […]

Meet the Practical Medic

Tweet I am very excited to have a column up at EMS 1 now as the Practical Medic. My goal is to break down barriers between the classroom and the street, and write about ways to apply topics in a way that works in the field. I am a huge fan of Dr. Scott Weingard, […]

Coarse Asystole and Life Saving

Tweet Coarse Asystole is a new blog written by Sean Hulsman, a paramedic and educator in the Buffalo, NY. area.  I happened to do my first ride-along with in EMT class with him, and was fortunate enough to work as his partner a few times after. His clinical knowledge, the way he interacted with patients, […]

Earning A Spot in the Pit

Tweet Once or twice a week I precept paramedic students in an emergency department for their clinical rotations.  We assess patients and discuss what the treatment in the field may be, listen to lungs, start IV’s, administer medications, and practice other skills under supervision.  It is my favorite part of the work week, and I […]

Free Online Healthcare Education Classes

Tweet For EMS educators and aspiring educators, there are two free massive open online courses offered by Coursera that begin next week that you may be interested in.  This format uses a combination of videos (generally less than 15 minutes each), quizzes, and discussion boards.  There are also short writing assignments that are graded by […]

Three Things I’ve Learned Since Becoming An EMS Educator

Tweet This week marks one year since I began teaching with a community college paramedic program full-time.  It has been overwhelming and a lot of fun at the same time, much like when I was a new paramedic.  I had taught occasionally in the past, though never understood the theory behind adult education.  Over the […]

The Timing Was Right

Tweet A few years ago, I received a voice mail from my service’s medical director.  He asked me to call him back.  That had never happened before, and I was a bit nervous. I called him back, left him a message, and went into work for a night shift. After picking up dinner a few […]