April 2013 Blog Posts (16)

Day 25: Ten Things I Learned During My Ridealong

This past weekend was jam-packed with EMS stuff since I had my ambulance ridealong on Friday and my hospital experience on Saturday. It was a tiring but awesome weekend. Both clinicals were fun, but in different ways. The ambulance had more downtime, but I felt more at home. The hospital had more things to do, but it was more self-directed.

BLS rigs in San Diego do mostly interfacility transfers, so we spent a lot of time waiting for appointments. I got some studying done, and…


Added by Jennifer Berry on April 30, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Day 24: Ready for my Ridealong!

I haven't had writer's block since starting this class and blog, but I have it today. I think the reason is because I am preoccupied. I have my ridealong tomorrow and my clinical shift on Saturday, so my mind is elsewhere.

I am excited about both. I hope to have some good calls, because every time I have gone on a ridealong for JEMS or one of the newspapers I worked for, I have had the curse of the ridealong. One time, when I was riding along with the Glendale (Calif.) Fire…


Added by Jennifer Berry on April 25, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Day 23: A Trauma-licious Scenario

I have said before, and I'll say again, that I think I'm a trauma junkie. I'm really enjoying all the gross pics in the textbook. More than that, I like being a detective in determining the mechanism of injury or trying to rule out (and in) reasons for a typically healthy person to suddenly become dangerously ill.

Luckily, my simulations group teammates agree. Our scenario is going to be a fall patient. Someone who got caught up in a gravity storm. I'm looking forward to us…


Added by Jennifer Berry on April 23, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Drowning leading cause of death in kids 1 - 4

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Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on April 21, 2013 at 9:44am — No Comments

Day 22: Only the Strong Remain

With all the MCIs going on in EMS right now, with the Boston Marathon and West, Texas, explosions, I'm going to keep this blog short today.

We're in the home stretch of this class. We have just four weeks left.  A LOT of people dropped after the midterm. My side of the room is mostly empty chairs. We had 32 people take the midterm, down from my last count of 37. I have a feeling it's more like 25 now. There's a buzz in the classroom and lab that wasn't there before,…


Added by Jennifer Berry on April 18, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Day 21: Boston Marathon Explosions & the Trauma Block

Yesterday, I spent most of the afternoon coordinating live coverage of the Boston Marathon explosions with our technical, enews and editorial teams. It was a somber day in the office, becoming more so as the event unfolded. We were bombarded with images of a bloody scene filled with debris from the two bombs that detonated at the finish line.

As an EMT student just embarking on the second half of the class -- the trauma block -- I started using each photo as a learning tool.…


Added by Jennifer Berry on April 16, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Connecticut Drownings Spark Bills

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With at least three bills introduced, they seek to set a uniform policy for school-pool safety…


Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on April 12, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Day 20: Could I Be a Trauma Junkie?

I always like to ask EMS providers whether they prefer medical or trauma calls. The answers are always interesting, and they're definitely well researched.

I thought I would prefer medical calls, but I think I might be a trauma junkie. Keep in mind, this is just theory, here. Perhaps when I get on a Kevin Ware-type call, I might just pass out from the gross deformity in front of me. But I think I might prefer those unexpected, load and go traumas. Come to think of it, I've…


Added by Jennifer Berry on April 11, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Day 19: And then the Editor Failed the Midterm. ...

Yep, the subject line about says it all. Last week, I was so excited because I finally did very well on both skills assessment and a quiz. I felt like I had it all figured out, like I understood the trickery of the questions on the quiz. I also felt like it had happened none too soon, since I didn't want to fail the midterm.

But I did. I got a 76%. Passing is 80%.

I passed the skills assessment, forgetting some major (but not critical) things like the five…


Added by Jennifer Berry on April 9, 2013 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Be a Safety Leader: Join Our Wolf Pack

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The wolf is the symbol of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF) because it stands for leadership, loyalty and a strong sense of family. These traits are important when it comes to workplace…


Added by John Petropoulos Memorial Fund on April 8, 2013 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Nurse uses lifesaving app to save patient

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Heather Roms, 39, of West Linn, was just leaving her daughter’s dentist appointment about 9 a.m. March 27 on Southwest Town Center Loop in Wilsonville when she received an alert on her smartphone…


Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on April 6, 2013 at 1:58pm — 1 Comment

Day 18: By Golly, I Think She's Got It!

I left class last night excited instead of anxious about my upcoming midterm exam and practical. Why, you might ask, am I excited despite having 25% of my grade hanging in the wing just five days from now?

I think this EMT stuff is finally clicking! I've been in class for two months now, attending five hours twice a week and studying in much of my free time. And although I've been spending the time on it, I've been somewhat spinning my wheels because I didn't understand…


Added by Jennifer Berry on April 4, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Day 17: It's Getting Warm In Here!

Monday night was my first night back in class after a wonderful week off. Not that I didn't miss my instructors, classmates and all those slides. I actually did miss them, and it felt great to get back into our routine after a nice break from the daily grind.

(What did I do during my spring break? Find out by reading my last two blogs about whiskey and …


Added by Jennifer Berry on April 2, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Dog, owner both heroes in Alberta ice rescue

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"I put the leash around Rocky and pushed him to get in the water. I told her I was going to get him to jump in and if she could grab a hold of his leash, we could get her back to the ice."

Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on April 2, 2013 at 11:59am — No Comments

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