March 18, 2011 - The New EMT Program
Crash and Burn part II

Change to the new letter format

As you know I have been updating this newsletter with the development of the new EMT training program in Paramus, NJ. The content was getting way too long for a news letter so I decided to make the development summary a new page. This has the advantage of allowing me more format control over the page as well as allowing Google to index the page properly.

I have also removed the question of the week and will instead develop a free database of questions for you to use. I have an ulterior motive for this, I want to develop a test bank of questions for my students and I want you to review and critique the questions.

Thanks for understanding.

The New EMT Training Program, an Update

It has been quite some time since the last news letter. I realized that way too much information was being delivered in a newsletter format. So I decided to break the summary out into its own web page.

The last newsletter covered up to day 4 of the program. We are now on day 17 and much has happened since then. When the program started we had 82 students in the Monday/Wednesday session. My lab section had 18 students. Through academic non-performance and dropouts, we now have 48 students. My section has 10 students. The workload is hard and long. It's been tough on us instructors as well. We are having to relearn everything we have been teaching.

This past week we had the first over-arching test. This is a cumulative test covering sections 1 through 5. The results were not pretty. Not a single student passed all the parts of this over-arching exam. I call this a 100 % failure rate. I was not around for the remediation sessions so I don't know how many retested and passed.

I have all the details in the link to the web page.

Click here to see the full details of the new EMT training program as of today

Diseases that mimic stroke

Stroke is a major killer in the United States. Unfortunately for EMTs, stroke often acts like other diseases. At 2 o'clock in the morning, going to a dedicated stroke center rather than a general hospital may make a tremendous different in the outcome of the patient.

To help remember that stroke mimics other diseases a handy mnemonic has been developed: HEMI

H: Hypoglycemia (and hyperglycemia)
E: Epilepsy
M: Multiple sclerosis (and hemiplegic migraine)
I: Intracranial tumors (or infections, such as meningitis, encephalitis and abscesses)

Assessing these conditions in a timely manner is very important. Fortunately for us, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) has written a short article on this topic.

Click here to see the full JEMS article (warning, opens a new window)

Stolen Ambulance

EMS1 reports on a article from the Pittsburg Tribune Review on a Pennsylvania man who sole an ambulance. A man who seemed to be discharged from the Connellsville, PA hospital was tired of waiting for a ride home. So he stole an ambulance. A police chase ensued with an obligatory crash. No further injuries were reported.

See the link for more details.

Full EMS1 article on the stolen ambulance
All the Best

Jim Berthold
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