EMT Burn Management: Part 3

Treatment Guidelines For The Burn Patient You've taken an educated guess on burn depth, calculated the burn area and classified the burns severity. With those priorities out of the way we can start … [Read more...]

EMT Burn Management: Part 2

Burn Assessment and Treatment: Making The Call In our first installment, we looked at how to determine the thickness of a burn and what that might mean for the patient. Now let’s talk about the … [Read more...]

EMT Burn Management: Part 1

An EMT Guide to Burn Assessment and Treatment Your patient has been burned. You are going to have to make two important decisions and you may need to make them fast. First you’re going to need to … [Read more...]

Try Being Brave

"Just for a second...just, try being brave."      - Despereaux James is working at a fire station where one of the volunteer officers often shows up for calls intoxicated. Sometimes he drives the … [Read more...]

Treatment vs Care

It's important to distinguish between good treatment and good care. Doing a proper patient assessment is good treatment. Telling the patient what you are doing before you do it is good … [Read more...]

Sorting Out Our EMS Research Priorities

I'd like to pose a question to you. Perhaps this is one of those questions that I should be happy to be asking. The entire idea of me needing...or even wanting to ask this question bodes well for the … [Read more...]

EMS Assessment of Newborns

Babies make us nervous. It's a simple fact. And it's nothing to be embarrassed about. Assessment and evaluation of the newborn infant is the patient assessment equivalent of a high-wire act. The … [Read more...]

15 Ways to Be an Awesome EMT in 2013

It's time. The New Year is upon us. I started last year by telling you about 17 Ways to Be an Awesome EMT in 2012. Yes, all of those suggestions still apply. Now, here are 15 more to help you achieve … [Read more...]

Mass Casualty Incident Reality

I've been to a few mass casualty incidents over the years. They have ranged in severity and acuity from a large group of bored teenagers with chemical eye irritation to an active shooter in a crowded … [Read more...]

Looking For Sasquatch (A Challenge)

My EMT instructor told me his version of the story back in 1989. He was forthcoming that he had not been in the emergency room when it happened, he had only heard the story passed on. (As I would pass … [Read more...]