Category Archives: EMT CE

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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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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Trauma Tourniquets

SS of Trauma TourniquetsAll bleeding stops eventually.  One of our goals though is to stop the bleeding earlier rather than later.  This Trauma Tourniquets CE covers one area of severe hemorrhage control: Arterial bleeding from an extremity.

We’ll explore the history of tourniquets, types, indications, contraindications, and even the myths in this video/hybrid CE.

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Spineboards and Cocoa Puffs – The Role of Research in EMS

ss-of-role-of-researchMmmmmm.  Cocoa Puffs!  Did you know that the cacao extract in this popular breakfast cereal has some sort of effect on cancer and surgery?  Nor did we.  But the fraudulent journals thought it did… 17 of them to be exact.  Or how about the EMS staple: The rigid, long spineboard?  How did it become the protector of our fragile spine decades ago, and now is all but completely banished in the more progressive EMS systems?

EMS has progressed a lot in the last few years, stepping up from “ambulance attendants” to finally receiving recognition as medical professionals where earned.  Prehospital research played a major role in this transformation from ambulance drivers to practitioners.  But with the ease in finding information right at our fingertips (literally), it’s important for all EMTs and paramedics to understand the different types of studies out there that can influence protocol development and even the politics influencing prehospital practices.

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Doing What’s Right Versus What’s Easy: Professionalism in EMS

ss-of-doing-whats-right-versus-whats-easyIf 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.

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