Understanding The SAMPLE History

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The SAMPLE history usually comes up in the first few weeks of EMT class. It's such a widely accepted standard that it appears in the National Registry medical and trauma skills station as well as the … [Read more...]

Using AEIOUTIPS For Altered Mental States

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The AEIOUTIPS acronym holds a special place in my paramedic heart. It stands alongside OPQRST and SOAP as one of the three most useful acronyms I ever learned in medicine. I'm a believer in AEIOUTIPS … [Read more...]

The Three Collision Rule

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I imagine it was probably my first Prehospital Trauma Life Support class back in 1990 that I first heard of the three collision rule. Since then, it has remained a useful tool in examining the … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Guide to EMT Vital Signs

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Part 3: The First Rule of Vital Signs This is probably a good time to bring up the number one rule of vital signs. Remember the movie Fight Club? Everyone knew the first rule of fight club was to … [Read more...]

Safe At Home

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A good friend of mine is being sued by a former patient. I don't know if that statement gives you anxiety the way it gives me anxiety. I'll admit it, I have an underlying fear of having to defend … [Read more...]

Mastering The Head-To-Toe Assessment

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You probably practiced your head-to-toe assessment a bunch in your EMT class. Maybe more than any other skill in the EMT curriculum. If your class was or is anything like mine (as a student or a … [Read more...]

Medicine Between The Frames

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One of my favorite bloggers, Seth Godin, recently introduced me to the work of Scott McCloud, an author who's written several classic books on understanding comic books. Scott dissects the comic … [Read more...]

The E-Book is Coming!

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OK, I can't keep this to myself any longer. It's time for the big announcement. With the final draft still in the mail from my editorial team and the final design still lacking a few details, it would … [Read more...]

The Art of The Pulse Check

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   Fast or Slow, Strong or Weak, Regular or Irregular I'd like to teach you how to take a pulse in three seconds or less. Yes it's possible. I am, quite possibly, about to contradict everything … [Read more...]