June Happenings, Sepsis, and CapnoAcademy

June has been a busy month. I am teaching an EMT class for the first time, which is the first time I have taught at that level and the first time I have had students on their first day of the program. I am having fun working with a group of highly motivated students, and they seem to be having fun too.

I also worked as a paramedic for a day at the Firefly Music Festival, where I took care of patients on an ambulance for the first time in nearly two years. My first patient struck his head on the tailgate of a pickup truck. Doing a trauma assessment and starting an IV felt similar to driving around the area where I grew up. Something that once felt automatic now requires more thought, and also triggers nostalgia. I had a lot of fun and hope to do it again next year.

I also had some articles published on EMS 1 recently:

Specialty Team Activation and Sepsis are the latest in the “10 things you need to know” series sponsored by Pulsara. This app time-stamps assessment findings and interventions and shares data from EMS contact through a patient’s hospital course. It even provides feedback on patient outcomes to anyone involved in care and is free for EMS, so check it out.

5 things to know about capnography is my first article in the CapnoAcademy series. I am very excited to help spread the word about what can be learned from monitoring capnography and what a valuable assessment tool it is.

That’s a wrap for June. I’m looking forward to seeing my students finish the EMT portion of our program, take the National Registry, and move forward into the paramedic curriculum. In between that I’m looking forward to some time off with family.

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