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 […]
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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 professionals must consider the unique pediatric trauma victims’ anatomy and physiology during the interim treatment and transport. How do these differences from adults influence the findings during a trauma assessment and then dictate the ensuing management? Let’s take a closer look.
The percentage of venomous snakes is small compared to the number of non-venomous species. It is still not very comforting, but it makes it less likely you will encounter a snake-bitten patient who has been envenomated. That being said, let’s explore some information regarding the varieties of North American venomous snakes.
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 […]
By Chris Ebright You were taught from day one of taking vital signs to count respirations. However, I am here to say that your stellar EMT instructor let you down because she/he was wrong. The same incorrect terminology is also written in numerous textbooks, on run reports, and spoken everyday between medical professionals. So now you’re […]
By Chris Ebright Ah childbirth—the miracle of life. Some EMS professionals may make several calls in which they place “storks” on their preverbal career belts, while others will never get the chance. In actuality, most emergencies and maternal deaths occur after childbirth, during the postpartum period, according to the World Health Organization. Rapid change is […]
By Christopher Ebright Case You are called to a scene where a skier has fallen. The male patient is in moderate distress and complaining of lower left leg pain. Assessing the limb, you see there is a closed tibia/fibula fracture with obvious deformity. Noticeable swelling, when compared to the right leg, is observed. Additionally, a […]
By Christopher Ebright You respond to an accident involving a semi-truck that drove off a bridge five hours ago and fell approximately 50 feet onto a set of railroad tracks. The driver, who fell asleep at the wheel, is still entrapped within the cab. His lower extremities, from the hip down, are still pinned in […]
We know there are thousands of students taking the NREMT after the holidays. We thought we’d ask our Chief Knowledge Officer and exam prep guru Dan Limmer for a review of some of his favorite pieces of exam prep advice. This is what he said. When preparing for the NREMT: Ignore most of the things […]
Does EMS training make witnessing death more complicated than it has to be? Dan shares a story of a death he witnessed and what his responsibility was in that situation.