No Ordinary Day

Tweet Thursday, August 28, 2014 started out as one. We had some space in the lab schedule for our second semester paramedic students, so we decided to do a pit crew resuscitation workshop. I modified a con-ed presentation that I put together a few years ago, and added YouTube videos of a witnessed cardiac arrest […]

Med Math Simplified Saved My Butt

Tweet I strove to go well beyond being “entry level competent” in almost every area of my practice except for one: med math.  As an EMT I marveled as my paramedics calculated medication dosages, and it nearly scared me away from paramedic school. I did it well enough to get by, but even after 12 […]

2014 Year in Review

Tweet 2014 was quite a busy year for me. Looking back I did not realize how many personal, family, and professional events took place since last January.  Here are some of the highlights, with the corresponding blog posts. First, I completed my first full year teaching with a paramedic program.  I learned a few things […]

My Dilemma About Part Time Paramedic-ing

Tweet It’s been just over since I went on my last call as a paramedic and began teaching full time.  I love teaching, and the deeper I get into it the more I am sure the move was the right decision.  I also do not miss the lifestyle of rotating shifts and missing family events.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Logistics Of Managing a Patient With Anaphylaxis

Tweet This week I taught the immunology section for my paramedic class.  I broke the class into groups to do case studies, and one was for a 12-year-old with anaphylaxis with stridor and difficulty breathing.  Towards the end of their treatment plan on the white board, the group wrote that they would intubate if the […]

What Should I Teach About Anaphylaxis?

Tweet I’m seeking some advice from my educator friends about what to teach about anaphylaxis to my paramedic class next week.  The textbook we use, which for the most part I like, states in a “words of wisdom” box: Flushing (from vasodilation) and tachycardia are so characteristic of anaphylactic shock that it is very questionable […]

Planting the Community Paramedic Seeds

Tweet Once a week I precept a group of my paramedic students in the emergency department.  It is one of the highlights of my work week.  I get to watch the students apply what we cover in the class, get my own contact with patients, and interact with the ED staff.  One day two of […]