By Dan Limmer Most everyone remembers the stages of death and dying from those first few nights of EMT class – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. In my years of helping students pass the NREMT, I have observed thoughts and actions similar to those familiar stages introduced by Dr. Kubler Ross. The stages begin […]
Student Topics, Tips and Tricks
You’re required to learn and remember massive amounts of clinical information. Our Tips and Tricks are a series of articles and great tools to reinforce that material and help you remember it when it counts. From clinical insights to test preparation tips, you’ll learn more here.
EMS relies on tradition and habit. We’ve done things for a long time and we were often reluctant to change. Here is our compilation of things students should be taught and current EMTs should know.
One of the biggest pieces of advice given for the NREMT (or any exam for that matter) is “Don’t read into the questions.” It is solid advice—yet many students don’t totally understand its meaning.
While preparing for the NREMT cognitive (computer) exam seems to cause the most stress, the practical examination isn’t that far behind in its ability to tip the anxiety scale. Both are required to obtain your NREMT card. We looked back on our articles and realized it was time to provide some tips on passing your […]
The 5 absolute worst pieces of advice on taking the NREMT exam found on social media. These are real!
The 2010 and 2015 AHA guidelines changed our approach to oxygenation, but some students are still taught to administer oxygen by NRB to chest pain patients with adequate sats. In this post, we examine four different candidates for oxygen therapy.
By Chris Ebright The previous edition of Back to the Basics discussed the differences between ventilation and respiration. As long as those physiological processes are functional, pulmonary capillaries can suck up the available alveolar oxygen and inject carbon dioxide in the opposite direction. Now, that is all well and good, but what if blood never circulated […]
By Chris Ebright This initial installment of the Back to the Basics series is going to compare and contrast a common chief complaint: shortness of breath. Many etiologies provoke this, but many EMT students have a hard time differentiating a dyspneic congestive heart failure patient from one with chronic bronchitis. Both conditions present with physical […]
By Chris Ebright Welcome to another edition of Back to the Basics! This time around, I thought I’d discuss chest trauma. The reason being, injuries to this part of the body are the second most common traumatic injury, and come with the highest cases of patient mortality; in some studies, up to sixty percent.5 You […]
By Chris Ebright “The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It’s a good non-specific symptom. I’m a big believer in it. Many people will tell you that a good phony fever is a deadlock, but you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor’s office. That’s worse than […]