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 […]

3 Things I Learned From Making It Stick

Tweet Peter Brown and Henry Roediger’s Making it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning describes how to become productive learners. It covers learning classroom material and skills, uses examples from schools, businesses and athletics, the concepts are very applicable to EMS students and educators. Here are three things I took away from Making it Stick: […]

Breathe Easy Kevin

Tweet I met Kevin Przybyl on my tour of the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance station in 1999. I had been accepted as a member a few hours earlier and was waiting for my EMT card to arrive in the mail. Kevin was an EMT-I and a line officer, and a few months later he became a […]

Mental Health Articles on EMS 1

Tweet Over at EMS 1, Shauna Sullivan and I wrote two articles about mental health for EMS providers. 5 things EMS providers should know about seeking mental health treatment is aimed at people who may experience some mental health symptoms to consider whether mental health treatment may be helpful, and how to find the best […]

Heart Failure and Pneumonia

Tweet I wrote two articles on EMS 1 about respiratory conditions that are easily misdiagnosed. Heart failure and pneumonia can both cause respiratory distress, and both may cause crackles and wheezing. They also frequently occur in elderly patients with a host of other chronic medical problems. Waveform capnography can help differentiate them, and here’s how: […]

Pediatric Medication Exercise

Tweet Over at EMS 1, I wrote about a fun exercise we did in my paramedic class to practice pediatric medication administration. I brought my children, ages five and two, to class, and I had them hand students cards with a medication and condition on it. The students then had to calculate the correct dose […]

Active Learning About Capnography in Paramedic Chief

Tweet Yours truly has an article in the spring edition Paramedic Chief about how to use active learning to teach about capnography. I am fortunate to work at a school that encourages creativity and active methods of instruction, and I wrote the article to give educators some tools to try something besides the traditional lecture […]

Using Videos to Teach at EMS1

Tweet My first article about education is up at EMS 1. I wrote about how I use EMS reality TV shows and YouTube videos of patient care in my classes. This is a free way to engage learners and make abstract concepts real. You can check it out here.

Book Review: Extreme Medical Services

Tweet I recently had the pleasure of reading Extreme Medical Services, a novel written by EMS podcaster, author, and educator Jamie Davis. It follows Dean, a rookie paramedic assigned to a station that responds for “unusual” patients – vampires, werewolves, and sirens. I was quickly drawn into the storyline, and stayed up late a few […]

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 […]