EMS is dispatched to the home of an 82-year-old female with a chief complaint of shortness of breath. On arrival, the crew learns she has had a dry cough for a week and is now complaining of significant malaise and shortness of breath when she lies flat, but denies any chest pain.
This will be my last Educator’s Corner column in a magazine that’s been a foundational learning tool for our profession. I reflected on all the important conversations we’ve had throughout the past year, and I want to leave you with one more thought—one that’s not research-driven but history-driven, yet still relevant to what we do as educators and providers. Allow me the freedom to compare what we do with one of the best military armies of the ancient world: the Spartans.
“T he credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena: whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood: who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” —Theo
I met a 90-year-old guy in an elevator on the day before writing this piece, in a small airport just north of Denver. Our nation was celebrating its annual Memorial Day weekend, and both he and I had come to see a famous 70-year-old airplane called the Memphis Belle. The man’s name was E Liveston. According to a lady I guessed was his wife, that was his name, plain old “E.” In World War II, he had been a bubble gunner on a B-17. (So in my mind, that made him Mister Liveston.)
When it comes to advanced airways, EMS education has been focusing on how we teach our students the skills needed to obtain and maintain proficiency in advanced airway placement. But even as research and debate about the best methods to obtain an advanced airway in the prehospital environment continue, there’s no disagreement that the advanced airway must be maintained and monitored once obtained.
Whilst UK ambulance service Paramedics and EMT’s have for many years been practicing prehospital care, it is a relatively new sub-specialty within UK hospital-based healthcare systems. In fact, prehospital medicine has only recently been recognized by the College of Emergency Medicine and is currently only offered to senior medical students working with London’s Air Ambulance (LAA) and other helicopter services around the UK.
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Simple Strategies for the EMS Classroom Although technology has created many engaging and exciting options for EMS classrooms, you don’t have to have the most cutting-edge technology to be an effective instructor. The following are high- and low-tech strategies for each training tool that can make a difference in the EMS classroom. White Boards & Student Response Systems
EMS responders are now getting training that goes beyond the routine sick calls—they’re being educated on how to spot victims of human trafficking. The training is part of a broad outreach by the Department of Homeland Security to eradicate human trafficking, which is estimated to affect 12.3 million people globally.
In the government sector, there’s a concept known as “the plenary police power of the state.” This means that the state has the authority to do things to generally protect the well-being, and health and safety, of its citizens.