Zoom! Live Burn Trauma CE

If you attended the entire “Burn Trauma: Prehospital and Emergency Center Care of the Burn Patient” held on September 17, 2020 via Zoom, please email the screen name you used on Zoom and your full name for your course evaluation.   You do not have to sign up for an account (unless you want too!).

We’ll confirm you were logged in and send you a course evaluation. Once the course evaluation has been completed, you will have access to your continuing education certificate. Thank you!
Email Kim.Pelletier@umchealthsystem.com

Prehospital Care of the Patient with a Tracheostomy

ss of tracheostomy ceTracheostomy.  Laryngoectomy.  Inner cannulas. Outer cannulas. Obturators. What the ???

If you’re looking for more in-depth education on how to best care for your patient with a tracheostomy, you’ve come to the right place!  Or, if you’re looking for an hour of that hard-to-find Medical: Special Healthcare Needs CE for your NREMT… you’ve also come to the right place!  This education won’t turn you into an RT overnight, but you should gain more confidence in caring for these special patients, young and old.  Click on the “more” link below to find the education and other information.

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Diabetic Emergencies

ss of diabetic emergenciesThat piece of cheesecake isn’t going to instantly give you the “suga’ diabetes”, but learn what does contribute to this condition including those factors completely out of our control.  The pathophysiology is kind of heavy in this course, but you’ll understand the condition well beyond a glucometer reading.  As always, please learn from this CE but always follow your local protocol for treatment guidelines.  Click “more” below to download the education and see what this course is worth for your recertification needs.

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When the Pump Fails: Heart Failure

SS of When the Pump Fails Heart FailureLeft sided heart failure, right sided, congestive heart failure, advanced heart failure, systolic, diastolic… and don’t forget what the kidneys do to make things worse!  Whew!  No wonder heart failure can be a dreaded topic for EMS.  However, we’re offering a CE to help clarify the confusion and dig deep into the what’s and why’s of the heart failure patient, their medications, and how we can optimize their care in the prehospital setting.  Click on the “more” link below to expand the page and find the link for the educational material.

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Controlling Chaos: Prehospital Care of the Seizure Patient

SS for Controlling ChaosThere are many causes for altered mental status and just as many causes of seizures… some related, some not.  This CE explores both and goes in depth in the role of the GABA and glutamate receptors.  They are not only the major receptors involved in regulating neural activity, but we target GABA receptors with our prehospital medications. The education also takes a look at the common benzodiazepines used to control most seizures, and why delays to treatment can cause harm.  Click on the “more” link below to access the educational pdf and more.

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Potent Poppies: Opioids in the Prehospital Setting

SS for Potent PoppiesFentanyl and morphine… the meat n’ potatoes of a paramedic’s analgesia toolbox.  But, how well do you understand how these drugs work in the body?  Why does fentanyl kick in quicker, but doesn’t last as long as morphine?  How do you manage unusual situations, such as a patient with cancer taking more milligrams of morphine each day than you carry in the box?  Can you help her through the breakthrough pain?  And what’s this methadone stuff?  Click on the “more” link below to find the link to the pdf education, learn, and earn some CE in the process — hint: NREMT recerts using the 2016 curricula… you need the Toxicological Emergencies credit, don’t ya?

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A Crash Course in Ambulance Safety

SS of a Crash Course in Ambulance SafetyAn ambulance crash should be on no one’s bucket list, but they still happen far too often in our profession.  This education explores the facts, the “8 minute response” rule, and what we can do to prevent the unnecessary injury and death.  The CE can be used towards your NREMT Operations: Ambulance Safety core needs.  Although it takes a peek at UMC EMS’ policies on ambulance safety, keep in your own agency’s policies and culture of safety in the back of your mind.  Your ideas can prevent the next injury or death. Click on the “more” link below to find the education link and other important information.

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Jurisprudence Exam for EMS

Beware of the Sign copyRules.  If you wanna play the game, you gotta know the rules.  It’s no different whether you’re a physician, nurse, or EMT at any certification level.

And Texas wants to be sure we know the rules of our profession.  Starting September 1, 2017, all certified EMTs at all levels of certification will need to complete an approved jurisprudence exam continuing education course before they can recertify.  Guess where you can find one of those courses? 🙂

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Safe Pediatric Transport

SS for Safe Pediatric TransportTransporting kiddos in the ambulance – really, how hard can it be?  Just have mom hold the little one as you bounce down the road and… CRASH!!!  Mothers are strong people, but even they can’t prevent their baby from flying out of their arms.

When we’re entrusted to take care of our patients and non-patient riders, there are no shortcuts.  We must assure their safety.  The Safe Pediatric Transport CE examines several elements of infant and child transport, the federal recommendations that apply to ambulances, and the different ways we can transport these young patients without causing harm.

This education is a mix of a pdf and an online video that offers half an hour of continuing education credit.  If you’re looking for a boring, totally-serious CE, it’s not here.  Action shots provided by our backwoods Senior Field Training Officer Donnie and his sidekick Field Training Officer, Les.

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Microbe Management: Communicable Disease Education for EMS

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Germs.  Everyone has them, but there’s no need to share ’em.

This education explores the different routes of pathogen transmission and the vaccinations we receive to protect ourselves and our patients.  The CE then takes a look at SIRS and sepsis along with the prehospital treatment for those patients.

Is it measles or chickenpox? Is that sign on the door that reads, “Airborne Precautions” really that big of a deal?  Grab the CE, some hand sanitizer, and find out!

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