January 28, 2011 - The New EMT Program
in Progress

In this issue

1. The New EMT Training Program, In Progress
2. New CPR
3. Autism Traiing
4. Sample Test Question(s)

The New EMT Training Program
in Progress

Day 1
We started the new EMT course on January 24, 2011. The overall program is broken into three sections. One section (mine) meets on Monday and Wednesday evening. The second section meets Tuesday and Thursday morning and the final section meets Tuesday and Thursday nights. I only have data for the Monday and Wednesday evening sections but my comments could be applied to the other sections.

Now for some statistics, we had 84 students sign up for the Monday/Wednesday evening section. 82 students showed up. These students were broken down into 5 classrooms (or labs if you will). We should have 17 students per class. My class only had 15 students show up.

The class schedule for the evening was:

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Administration - we needed to get the students to complete their registration process.

8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Introduction to EMS - this is the standard lecture that all EMT books uses. This is usually chapter 1. In our book, the AAOS 10th edition, this is true.

8:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Break - we have to let the students get a respiratory therapy break (i.e., cigarettes)

9:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Continuation of the Introduction to ESM

9:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Breakdown into classes - we assigned the students to their new classrooms and they got to meet the instructors. In my class we have three instructors.

Roger - a dentist by profession
Don - the former coordinator of our program, now retired (sort of)
Jim - myself, a chemical engineer by day

What we did in this session was to give them the rules for our particular classroom such as keep it neat, use the equipment that you need, report problems, ask questions, etc.

We also paired up the students with each other. We then asked each student to interview each other. They were to find out where they were from, why they want to become EMT's, are they married, do they have children, what is their educational background, etc.

This turned out to be a good exercise. The students got to know each other a bit better and I got to find out where they students are from, both physically and mentally.

What I found out is that I have 15 students, about 50-50 male-female. Two students are under the age of 18 and still in high school. Five students are ether in college or are taking a break from college the remaining eight students are all college graduates.

We concluded the night with a warning to read the book.

Day 2 Well it happens sometimes. Our course site is located in northern New Jersey, just outside New York City. We are having a snow storm and the superintendent of the school has closed the campus for the evening.

For those of you who are thinking of implementing this new program I will let you know how the rescheduling of the course works out for us.


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Autism Training

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Sample Questions

In this section I will pose a question, usually in multiple choice format. As many of you have found out, I do distribute an online EMT test. I need to test new questions for the new product. Some of those questions will be displayed here. The next newsletter will have the answer I feel is correct. I welcome any feed back.

Here is last week's question.

You arrive to find a 48-year-old mail complaining that his chest feels heavy. The patient is awake and talking to you. During your assessment you note that his skin is pale, cool and clammy. Your first step is to

a) apply your AED
b) administer supplemental oxygen
c) obtain a past medical history
d) assist the patient in taking his neighbor's nitroglycerin

The answer is "b".

It is important to get oxygen to the patient to stop or prevent further cardiac muscle damage.

This weeks question:

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