Featured Blog Posts – March 2013 Archive (8)

Day 16: How Watching the Show Dallas Can Be Considered Studying

I am a big fan of the TNT show, "Dallas." I record every episode, and I try to figure out which character rose to power that week (https://rise-to-power.dallastnt.com/). I know it's a cheesy show, and I bet it's nothing like the original. But I still love all the backstabbing and changing alliances. It's like Survivor with hair and makeup -- Texas style.

I haven't been watching television, or reading for pleasure, or cooking,…


Added by Jennifer Berry on March 28, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Day 15: Whiskey & Sphygmomanometers

My college is on spring break this week, so I didn't have class last night. I haven't been on spring break for, well, let's just say it's been a decade or so. I forgot how wonderful it was to de-stress.

And boy did I de-stress. I went up to LA to visit my best friend. We've been friends for longer than we haven't been friends, and she is one of those people who can remind me what it was like to be in college. Which she did, of course.

She happens to have a good…


Added by Jennifer Berry on March 26, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Day 14: Everybody Poops

If the title of this post doesn't clue you into the topic of last night's lecture, then let me say it in plain(er) terms. We discussed abdominal issues. It was interesting because I've never really thought of all the things that could go wrong in the abdomen and the fact that the myriad illnesses and injuries manifest with the same handful of signs and symptoms (which are, of course, as uncomfortable to talk about as they are to experience.)

We discussed the questions EMS…


Added by Jennifer Berry on March 21, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Day 13: Looking for Patients to Assess

Last night's class was so sweet. It was the first lab we had gone to in over a week, and it was one where we got to do scenario-based learning.

Oh, and we took the quiz at the end of class instead of the beginning, so if you finished early (like I did), you got to leave just a wee bit early.

Our lab was on medical patient assessment. It's the one skill station I remember (other than being immobilized dozens of times at the immobilization station) from…


Added by Jennifer Berry on March 19, 2013 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Day 12: Filling the Holes

I'm a 22. Let me clarify, that it isn't my typical respiration rate. And it certainly isn't my current blood sugar reading. It's my typical quiz score. For three of the five quizzes I have taken. I don't really understand it myself, but it seems that no matter whether I study, how hard I study or whether I even show up to lecture, I get a 22 on my quizzes.

I would like to to think it's because I have absorbed so much by reading (and reading, and reading) JEMS over the years.…


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

Day 11: Back in the Swing of Things

I went dark last week because I was in Washington, D.C. for our annual conference, EMS Today. It was a whirlwind of a trip, what with the "Snowquester," a new location and a new corporate parent. But it was, as always, a great experience. I got to see EMS friends I only see occasionally (but bug for favors often).

And I got to feel a lot of people's radial pulses. (Thanks to Dr. Slovis for reminding me that the bone is my friend and to be gentle lest I occlude the…


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

Medical vs Trauma

I have a class I neeed to teach for the Fire Dept I am doing my Paramedic Internship with. The questioned proposed is. Whats the difference between a Medical assessment and a trauma assessment.

Simple responses would be very awesome. Thanks

Added by Jeff M. Garcia on March 12, 2013 at 1:44am — 1 Comment

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