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Making Sense of the NREMT Practical Skill Examination Changes

In an effort to make the practical skill check offs more realistic and applicable, the NREMT is changing the way it verifies competency. Currently, each level of student (EMR, EMT, AEMT, Paramedic), must pass roughly 12 isolated skills to demonstrate their competency and proficiency in the psychomotor portion of the NRP exam. Starting in January of 2017, the NREMT will begin Phase 1 of their new scenario NRP psychomotor exam. During Phase 1, the NREMT will have paramedic students take a test consisting of 5 skills that are currently evaluated in the NRP psychomotor examination and 1...

Cardiac Tamponade Study Guide

In EMS, chest pain and chest injuries are some of the most critical and time-sensitive patients we encounter. Cardiac Tamponade is no different.

What is it?

  • Cardiac tamponade is a buildup of fluid in the pericardial sac that surrounds the heart which impairs the heart’s ability to contract and the ventricles to fill normally. When the ventricles are not allowed to fill as they want, we see a decrease in stroke volume, a drop in cardiac output, and visible signs of shock.
  • A series of events occur once the pericardium begins to fill with fluid:
    • 1) The fluid around the heart begins compressing the wall of...

Acid-Base Balance/ Imbalance 

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT SHOULD BE USED FOR TRAINING ONLY. YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL OF YOUR LOCAL PROTOCOLS WHEN PERFORMING PATIENT CARE.

            Acid-base balance is the balance between the body’s acidity and alkalinity. An acid is a hydrogen ion or proton donor. A base is a hydrogen ion or proton acceptor. Acidity and alkalinity is measured using the pH (power of hydrogen) scale. The scale ranges from 0 – 14. 0 represents the most acidic, 14 represents the most alkaline, and 7 represents neutral. The human body is slightly alkaline, with a pH ranging from 7.35 – 7.45. If the pH value in the human...

Rapid Sequence Intubation

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT SHOULD BE USED FOR TRAINING ONLY. YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL OF YOUR LOCAL PROTOCOLS WHEN PERFORMING PATIENT CARE.

In the prehospital setting, airway is your first priority when treating a conscious or semi-conscious patient (If they’re unconscious, we check circulation first to determine the need for compressions, then we check airway). Endotracheal intubation is the most definitive treatment in securing a patent airway. If a patient is having trouble keeping a patent airway, has impending respiratory arrest, or you, as a prehospital care provider, see that a patient is deteriorating...

“My name is John Woods and I’m an EMT in Bremerton, WA. I have spent the last 8 years in the military, but decided I wanted to get out and directly help people, but I wasn’t sure how. I applied for a firefighter position, thinking it would be fun, and I had no idea what I was getting into. The fire was fun, but my true passion was the medical side. I quickly desired to obtain my EMT, and get into the field! I attended the EMT class at Everett Community College, and worked hard throughout the course to do my absolute best, studying over the material on my days off and running training scenarios in my head. This worked very well for me, but when it came to...

“I started to get into the world of EMS after having very close friends who are employed at various Fire Department’s around the area where I currently live. So I decided that in the spring/summer of 2014 that I will attend EMT-Basic school. Class was great and at times it was difficult. Towards the end of class was when they revealed the so-called “horror” stories of the NREMT exam and shared a few ideas on how to stay calm through the exam. After successfully completing the EMT program I quickly scheduled and took my first NREMT exam. Long story short, I failed miserably.

After that I told myself that maybe this career choice is not for me. Seven...

Paced Rhythm
The paced rhythm has always been easy and complicated to me at the same time. You put on your 4-lead cables and take a look at the monitor. “What the heck is that?” is your first response and then your brain kicks in and says, “Oh, it’s just a paced rhythm.” Hopefully this post will give you some more information to think about and consider the next time you see a paced rhythm in the field.

Things to Remember:

  • Pacemakers can be single-chamber or dual-chamber
    • Single-Chamber pacemakers pace only one chamber in the heart, either a ventricle or atria.
    • Dual Chamber pacemakers will pace both an atria and a ventricle.
  • Pacer Spikes...

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Patient History: 87y/o male with a chief complaint of AMS and weakness. Family on scene state that the patient has a history of diabetes, renal failure, CABG x3 (12 years ago), and high cholesterol.

Medications: Lantus, Simvastatin, and warfarin.

Allergies: Penicillin and Sulfa Family Medications

Vital Signs: BP 91/53, HR as shown in the 12-lead, CBG 187 mg/dL, SpO2 91% on room air, Temp 97.9 deg F (oral).

12-Lead Findings: Remember to walk through the steps we’ve outlined for you. If you forgot a step or two, watch our video HERE for review.

  1. Rate: Approx. 100 bpm
  2. Rhythm: Appears to be a regular wide complex rhythm
  3. Axis: -68...

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