February 2013 Blog Posts (23)

Day 10b: Getting the Hang of It!

If you haven't noticed from my blog already, I'm definitely not above pointing out my own failures in hopes it helps others. For all of you EMT students and EMS instructors out there, I just realized something pretty significant: You cannot auscultate the blood pressure until you have fully inflated and started releasing the cuff.

I did not realize that when I was in my lab on Monday. I must have tuned out the TA when he said that.

Today is the first day since…


Added by Jennifer Berry on February 28, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Day 10a: Assessing the Patient & Myself

Yesterday was a whirlwind of a day. I moderated an awesome webcast in the morning, which tied directly into what I'm learning in class. I prepared for our EMS Today conference, which in and of itself is a whirlwind. Then I went to my night class, where we went over about 200 slides on patient assessment in 2 hours. And that was AFTER the break.

Luckily, I've been able to watch on some ridealongs with some amazing clinicians how the patient assessment is REALLY done. Because…


Added by Jennifer Berry on February 28, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Firefighter in dog rescue: "It's our job"

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Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on February 28, 2013 at 11:06am — No Comments

Lifeguard saves man's life during flight from India to New Jersey

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OLD BRIDGE — Only three hours into a 16-hour flight from Mumbai, India, to New Jersey on Feb. 10, Niketan Diora was roused by the sound of an announcement through the plane’s intercom.

Just like a scene from a movie, the captain asked if there were any medically trained professional nurses or doctors aboard the…


Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on February 28, 2013 at 10:51am — No Comments

Sisters rescued from icy river after crash

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HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) -- Catherine Campbell is convinced her days of winter driving are over.

That decision came on the same day that her faith in mankind was renewed by the selfless acts of strangers who braved icy waters to save her and her sister's lives.

Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on February 27, 2013 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Submersion lawsuit highlights escape design gaps.

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Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on February 26, 2013 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Day 9: Practice Makes Perfect, Right?

I'm going to admit something I kinda already knew about myself but just REALLY learned in class last night. I get frustrated easily if I'm not immediately good at things. And, boy, these EMT labs are really good at pointing out my green newbie-ness.

Let's just say the end result is less than pretty.

Last night, we signed up for clinical and ambulance experience time and then jumped into our vital signs lab. I'm going to be doing my hospital clinical time at a…


Added by Jennifer Berry on February 26, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Day 8: All Signs (or Symptoms) Point to a Good Class

When I decided to take this class, I talked to a couple of people to make sure I wasn't going crazy. One of them was former JEMS Managing Editor Lisa Bell, who took the class a couple of years ago. She encouraged me to do it, saying she had learned some things she didn't even know she didn't know, like the difference between a sign and a symptom.

As an EMS editor with no healthcare background, I always assumed (wrongly) that they were fairly interchangeable (especially because…


Added by Jennifer Berry on February 21, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Toronto newborn wrongly declared dead likely had hypothermia

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Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on February 20, 2013 at 10:59am — No Comments

Trooper pulls woman and 4-year-old child from submerged vehicle

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Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on February 20, 2013 at 10:44am — No Comments

Day 7: No Rest for the Weary

I think I know how it feels to be an EMS provider. Because although I had the night off from class yesterday, I still had to work on a holiday AND I had to crack the books open once I got home from work. So no rest for me, weary as I may be. ;-)

It was good to have the night off last night from class, so that I could read the chapters I was already supposed to have read for the quiz I'm not prepared for tomorrow. The test will be on the chapters about resuscitation vs.…


Added by Jennifer Berry on February 19, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Drowning at Springfield School

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We have new information in the case of the 12-year-old drowning during swim class at Kiley Middle School Friday, Feb., 15.

Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on February 18, 2013 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Day 6: Doing a Skill Isn't Quite Like Reading About It

Last night was our first lab, and I was super excited about it because I've been reading about all kinds of things that are really interesting, but I've been anticipating the opportunity to try my skills.

It was a blast! I know using an oxygen tank isn't the hardest skill in the world. In fact, a caveman really could probably do it (they do have opposable thumbs, after all). I was nervous at first, because of course I had it facing the wrong way so I unscrewed the key for the…


Added by Jennifer Berry on February 14, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Day 5: I Ain't as Good as I Once Was...

It's true, Toby Keith and I are in the same boat. He's passing 50, and I no longer have that perfect score that extra points on the first quiz had allowed me to have. (I know, wah, wah, wah. Poor baby.) There's only on direction to go from 100% (which is why I was never an A+ student in college. It wasn't because I had too many late nights partying or anything. I swear. It was a calcuated move to never disappoint myself.) So I guess it was inevitable after my quiz on anatomy, physiology and…


Added by Jennifer Berry on February 12, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Ohio Battalion Chief haunted that he couldn't save boy

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Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on February 11, 2013 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Day 4: First Quiz Jitters

Last night, we took our first quiz. And let me tell you, I now understand the anxiety even seasoned providers have around NREMT exams. Because I would answer, and then I would think, "Wait a minute. Is that right, or are they tricking me?"

Most of the time, they were definitely tricking me.

In the other cases, I was tricking myself because what I remembered from the instructor's lecture was slightly different from the book. For example, one of the questions had…


Added by Jennifer Berry on February 7, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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