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...]

Heart Attack Symptoms and Women

I rarely create posts that point directly to another post, but I'm making an exception. Every once in a while I come across a post so phenomenally useful that I just have to point it out and share it. … [Read more...]

To Walk or Not To Walk?

The Happy Medic (THM) recently posted a fantastic topic on his blog. I love diving into controversial decisions that we have to make every shift. Here's one of those questions that we need to answer … [Read more...]

Responding to Hypothermia

Part 2 of a 2 part series. (Part one is here.) In our last post we looked at some of the causes of hypothermia, both typical and atypical. Then we talked a bit about the recognition of the … [Read more...]

Mastering The Head-To-Toe Assessment

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

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 Art of The Pulse Check

   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...]

Test For Unconsciousness: The Sternal Rub

Ahhh the embattled sternal rub. Revered, reviled ... the sternal rub is the Ann Coulter of medical interventions. Abrasive, annoying, loved by many, hated by many more. The subject of the usefulness … [Read more...]

Atypical Cardiac Chest Pain

We taught you what cardiac chest pain looked like, right? You remember. We painted the perfect picture for you in your cardiac emergencies lecture in your EMT class. The pain felt like a pressure. … [Read more...]