If you’re looking for that elusive Affective Characteristics education for your NREMT NCCP recertification, look no further!
Professionalism and cultural competency in EMS can be challenging. While we cherish memories of those kind-hearted patients who really filled our sense of purpose, we also face the darker side of the spectrum: We’re spit at, bit, insulted, and sometimes treated no better than a pile of hot steamy canine excrement.
We shrug off much of it, but sometimes those bad encounters keep creeping into our own subconscious little by little. Yet, our EMS profession requires the highest level of trust, compassion, and competency. This education was developed to remind us of our professional obligations and to see other cultures and people in a more open light.
We hope you don’t see the education as yet another NREMT National Continued Competency or Texas state Preparatory CE slot to fill, but something that can hopefully benefit someone you know in the future.
Acute pain is one of the most common reasons why EMS is called, but can also be one of the more controversial topics to tackle for prehospital medicine.
Can neonates feel pain? How do I assess pain in screaming, crying children? What can I safely give pregnant patients? How do all of the different pain medications work anyway?
This July 2016 Case Review covers the assessment of pain, how the various analgesics target certain areas of the body, non-pharmaceutical options, and reviews pain management for a couple of traumatic injury cases. Even though UMC EMS has ibuprofen, acetaminophen, ketorolac, opioids, and ketamine at their disposal, you should still find this education to be light on the protocol-specific information and applicable to most area EMS.
Children and water… a great way to ease the summer sizzle, but another way for kids to find trouble! Our actions on scene and our prehospital medical care can make a huge difference in the child’s outcome and future neurological development.
This continuing education focuses on prehospital BLS and ALS treatment of the pediatric aquatic distress and drowning victim, covering a wide variety of topics ranging from basic first responder rescue to advanced resuscitation.
The kidneys… superheros in their own right. Why should the brain and heart get all the credit when these mega-filters detoxify the blood, remove excess fluid, produce hormones, regulate pH, and so much more?
And then there’s the patients with chronic kidney disease who can’t reap these benefits and instead, resort to dialysis to keep them alive. This population keeps growing year after year, and EMS needs to understand the pathophysiology behind the condition and appropriate treatments in the field.
Kids bounce, right?
This seems to be the case most of the time. But when faced with a seriously-injured pediatric patient, we owe it to the child, the parents, and ourselves to understand the anatomical differences between children and adults, the different types of injury, and best prehospital management practices.
In addition, we care for children at two different ends of a spectrum: The dearly-loved special needs children at one end, and at-risk pediatrics who may have been physically abused on the other. Both deserve specialized care and management for their safety and well-being.