National Registry reports high pass ratesThe National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) began testing EMS personnel at all levels via computers on Jan. 2, and by June 1 it had tested nearly 35,000 candidates at more than 300 testing centers.NREMT Associate Director„Gregg Margolis„ says the implementation of computer-based testing ˙went extremely wellÓ but acknowledges that candidates ˙in a few pocketsÓ are finding it challenging to get to testing centers located far from their home districts. He adds that NREMT is working to mitigate access problems.
Remember when garbage men became sanitation engineers?„ Their perception of themselves changed, and it forced society's perception to change as well.The same thing is happening in the world of EMS.„ No longer do EMTs think of themselves as just ambulance drivers; they are prehospital care providers and more. The understanding that perception is reality has not been lost on the industry, and there has been a growing movement to incorporate a sophisticated dress uniform program into EMS culture.„
When the Labrador mix arrived at a Chicago Fire Department station unable to breathe, the two paramedics didn't know what was wrong with it. After all, their job is to save humans, and they had never worked on a dog. But that didn't stop Mike Nowacki and Julie Staatz from saving Champ, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection K-9 officer for more than seven years."We were so beside ourselves to get this dog not to die," Staatz said. "I'm so thankful to see him running around."
Whether your system is urban or rural, inner city or suburban, the true essence of being a paramedic can be found in the basic building blocks instilled early in a paramedic's training. The foundation for that training can begin as early as grade school, with health and safety classes, and growing into a more technical interest in junior college EMT training, to on-the-job investment training that can include EMT BLS-ALS bridge training, then into a paramedic program, and finally into practice as a certified, licensed paramedic. Or is this just the beginning?
EMS agencies all over the world are feeling the crunch and looking for more providers. Queensland, Australia, has started a program to actively recruit experienced paramedics from the United Kingdom. The Queensland Ambulance Service has colorful brochures outlining qualifications, compensation and even employment locations on its Web site:„www.ambulance.qld.gov.au/recruitment/qualified_uk.asp.
Editor's Note: In May EMS Insider, we promised you more from Matt Zavadsky on the topic of branding EMS. In a special Web exclusive, here's his take on how to create a national brand for EMS.„
You really want to get off on time this morning. It's been a long night, the weather has been cold and snowy, you've fallen on ice a couple of times, you're fighting a cold, you haven't had more than a few minutes of sleep, and you just transported a 500-lb. whiny frequent flyer who peed all over your cot. You're not feelin' the love right now. You've had it with EMS up to here. It's eight minutes until shift change, and your relief is nowhere in sight.
Course ObjectivesDifferentiate sinus tachycardia from other atrial rhythms.Relate the ECG tracing to the physiological function of the heart.Describe the causes and treatments of abnormal atrial rhythms.
Editor's Note: This is part one of a two-part series on developing strong leadership in fire and EMS departments.
The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), which was conceived during a meeting sponsored by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT), in Columbus, Ohio, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. In 1975, only nine state EMT organizations existed, and representatives from all of them-Massachusetts, Colorado, Florida, Oregon, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Maine, Tennessee and Illinois-attended that meeting. They decided a national organization would be a good idea and, thus, the NAEMT was born.