Transporting kiddos in the ambulance – really, how hard can it be? Just have mom hold the little one as you bounce down the road and… CRASH!!! Mothers are strong people, but even they can’t prevent their baby from flying out of their arms.
When we’re entrusted to take care of our patients and non-patient riders, there are no shortcuts. We must assure their safety. The Safe Pediatric Transport CE examines several elements of infant and child transport, the federal recommendations that apply to ambulances, and the different ways we can transport these young patients without causing harm.
This education is a mix of a pdf and an online video that offers half an hour of continuing education credit. If you’re looking for a boring, totally-serious CE, it’s not here. Action shots provided by our backwoods Senior Field Training Officer Donnie and his sidekick Field Training Officer, Les.
Germs. Everyone has them, but there’s no need to share ’em.
This education explores the different routes of pathogen transmission and the vaccinations we receive to protect ourselves and our patients. The CE then takes a look at SIRS and sepsis along with the prehospital treatment for those patients.
Is it measles or chickenpox? Is that sign on the door that reads, “Airborne Precautions” really that big of a deal? Grab the CE, some hand sanitizer, and find out!
All bleeding stops eventually. One of our goals though is to stop the bleeding earlier rather than later. This Trauma Tourniquets CE covers one area of severe hemorrhage control: Arterial bleeding from an extremity.
We’ll explore the history of tourniquets, types, indications, contraindications, and even the myths in this video/hybrid CE.
Mmmmmm. Cocoa Puffs! Did you know that the cacao extract in this popular breakfast cereal has some sort of effect on cancer and surgery? Nor did we. But the fraudulent journals thought it did… 17 of them to be exact. Or how about the EMS staple: The rigid, long spineboard? How did it become the protector of our fragile spine decades ago, and now is all but completely banished in the more progressive EMS systems?
EMS has progressed a lot in the last few years, stepping up from “ambulance attendants” to finally receiving recognition as medical professionals where earned. Prehospital research played a major role in this transformation from ambulance drivers to practitioners. But with the ease in finding information right at our fingertips (literally), it’s important for all EMTs and paramedics to understand the different types of studies out there that can influence protocol development and even the politics influencing prehospital practices.
Winter. Time for snow, cold winds, and house fires? It makes sense… high-demand space heaters plugged into questionable electrical sources, fireplaces left unattended, and other ways to get through the freezing weather. Unless of course you live in south Texas — we envy you a bit over here in the northwestern part of the state for that.
No matter what the cause, we need to treat our thermal, chemical, inhalation, and electrical burn patients appropriately to give them the best chance at quality life and productivity. While death from burn injuries is nowhere near the numbers affected by stroke, heart attacks, and even falls, it can lead to lifelong disability if not treated appropriately by the earliest healthcare providers: Us.
This education follows the principles and guidelines offered in the American Burn Association’s™ Advanced Burn Life Support with some modifications made for our prehospital needs. Please note that it is not a replacement for the full ABLS class.