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Adult CPR Hand Placement

In this video, we review the best place to put your hands when performing CPR. This video is specifically provided by EMTprep to assist Members in preparing for the NREMT exam and related skills sheets and for no other purpose. NREMT study aids and resources provided by EMTprep are not intended to provide training for life saving techniques, emergency response training, or any other type of medical training.

            After talking to other people who have gone to paramedic school, it gave me the impression the commitment was going to be very difficult and scary. My peers made it seem that if you wanted to be successful you would not have any free time or be able to work outside of school. These conversations created fear and because of that, I waited five years between getting my EMT and my Paramedic. I knew that I wanted to be a Paramedic, this was the job I have always wanted, but what if I wasn’t successful?

            To preface this article, I worked for 5 years in an emergency veterinary clinic, followed by 5 years as a scribe in the emergency...

You have been accepted into a paramedic program, and maybe you are a little nervous. What do you do now? How will you be successful? This article will hopefully give you some tips for succeeding in paramedic school. Programs can vary in length, hours spent in class, and number of days a week in class. It is important to understand the time commitment. It can be hard to adjust to class time and prioritize your life elsewhere. Especially if you have a family, or have a job, while also going to school. Effective time management, knowing your learning style, and not being afraid to make mistakes are crucial elements to being successful in school.

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There are several things that go into giving a HEAR report that are effective. The purpose of a HEAR report is to let the hospital know:

  • What type of patient you are bringing in
  • What resources or type of room they may need
  • How quickly they need to be seen by a doctor on arrival

Your HEAR report allows the hospital to allocate resources and staff to the highest priority patients. If you do not give them an adequate or accurate picture they cannot triage the department effectively.

Aspects of the perfect HEAR report are:

  1. Know what you are going to say before you key the mic or dial the phone.
    • You must plan what you will say so...

In this article, we are going to cover:

  • The anatomy of the pelvis
  • Types of pelvic fractures
  • Pelvic fracture concerns
  • How to manage pelvic fractures

Anatomy of the Pelvis

            The pelvis is made from two bones. The bones join in the front, at the symphysis pubis, and in the back with the sacrum, at the sacroiliac joints. This forms a ring, and typically when a ring breaks it will break in two places. The pelvis contains ligaments that help hold the sacrum to the iliac bones, the two pubic bones at the pubic symphysis, and the sacrum to the coccyx. There are also blood vessels and nerves that run through the pelvis so if there is...

            Epinephrine works by binding to alpha 1 and beta 1 receptors in the body to increase vasoconstriction and increase the positive inotropic and chronotropic effects of the heart. We remember this because of its use in cardiac arrest patients, asthma patients, bradycardic patients, and hypotensive patients. We’ve all used Epinephrine in varying concentrations either IM, SQ, IV, or IO for cardiac arrest calls, anaphylaxis calls, and some respiratory calls because it also affects beta 2 receptors for smooth muscle relaxation in the respiratory tract, and nebulized in pediatrics for croup.

Why would we use an epinephrine drip? These are useful...

            We will discuss what nitroglycerine does in the body, what it is used for, and what the doses are. To start off, nitroglycerine is a vasodilator which means it causes smooth muscle in the vasculature to relax thereby decreasing blood pressure and decreasing workload on the heart. It can be used to treat angina, myocardial infarctions, hypertension, and acute pulmonary edema.

            How does nitroglycerine work? Nitroglycerine is a nitrate that causes systemic vasodilation which means it works more on veins than arteries. The nitroglycerine is converted into nitric oxide in the body which in turn causes vasodilation, relaxes smooth...

            Dopamine works in the body by binding to alpha 1 and beta 1 receptors to increase peripheral arterial and venous constriction and increase cardiac contractility and heart rate. Alpha 1 receptors are found in smooth muscle vasculature and control vasoconstriction and Beta 1 receptors are typically found in the heart and control inotropy and chronotropy. In lower doses from 1-5 mcg/kg/min it mostly affects the renal arteries and in doses from 5-20 mcg/kg/min, it increases its inotropic and chronotropic effects on the heart and systemic vasoconstriction. This is important because in lower doses it does not affect cardiac contractility and may...

After months of paramedic school, clinicals, internship, and training, it was official, I had been deemed competent to be the lead paramedic of an ALS ambulance. The NREMT, State of California, and my employer had given me their blessing with full confidence that I was ready to take on whatever came my way. There was only one problem – I wasn’t.

Sure, I’d checked every box and passed every test. I had graduated from a top-tier paramedic program in the upper part of my class. Shoot, my internship preceptor had even given his stamp of approval (he wasn’t an easy one to please). Most calls I could handle well enough but there were those few that would...

“I had absolutely no experience in EMS. I took a certified class as required by the NREMT and found EMTprep out of the blue.  Now I'm an integral part of my EMS organization and on the track to be an emergency department tech and have already started studying for the next level of care, AEMT.  I highly recommend EMTprep to anyone who thinks they don’t have what it takes.  That’s what I thought, and now, I am certified.  Never stop learning!” –Corey B.

 

Congratulations Corey! Corey passed on his first attempt at the NREMT.