Call these lies, mantras, myths or misinformation, these pieces of EMS lore have been perpetuated in classrooms forever. Don’t let these catch you up on the NREMT exam!
Maybe the best 20 minutes of NREMT advice you’ll ever get! Dan offers 10 key test prep tips he picked up from talking with former NREMT Executive Director Bill Brown, who wrote our test prep app EMT PASS.
What are the true measures of success for educators? Our prior post looked at student success. It is time to focus on educators. While some may believe education is merely a combination of content and presentation, there are other factors that have a powerful impact on the success of an educator. As you read this, think about where you believe you succeed or need work, and perhaps more importantly, where your students think you may need to put in additional effort.
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.
You are about to teach an AEMT or paramedic class. You have a group of wide-eyed EMTs wanting to learn more and progress to the next level (or to at least play with needles). How can you tell if your new students have the raw material it takes to succeed at an advanced level? Or perhaps you are finishing an EMT class, and you want to assess how well the students learned during your course—and how they will be able to think and function in the field.
Let’s explore motivation and how it helps shape the type of educator we are. Be careful; this may be a revelation you didn’t realize you needed!
The introductory module of any course has important information, but EMT students frequently gloss over that content for the “cool” material. This quiz will reveal if you paid attention on A&P, lifespan development, medical/legal and more.
Hematological disorders are rare in the prehospital arena; however, it is important to understand the physiology behind these disease states. Increased knowledge will enable healthcare providers to conduct an improved assessment and better understand treatment for those patients.
Hematology: the subject in EMT or paramedic school where you thought, “Why do I need to know this?” I am even willing to admit it is not one of my favorite sections to teach. Interestingly though, one of the consistent issues is that many patients with a hematological disorder have complicated medical histories. As such, when they experience an acute exacerbation, their condition requires EMS professionals to perform a more thorough-than-normal assessment and physical exam. A thorough understanding of the pathophysiology of these diseases, early recognition, and prompt transport can reduce patient morbidity and mortality.
We’ve been experimenting with ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence program that will do everything from write poetry to computer code—to homework assignments. It is nothing short of amazing and something EMS educators need to be aware of.