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As EMS providers we get a lot of training on many topics. Cardiac, pharmacology, IV skills, airway management etc.
But what about training on keeping us safe and preventing injuries. I mean beyond a handbook, OSHA video or a gentle, "Be safe out there".
Should EMS agencies offer their paramedics and EMTs real formal training on driving the ambulance, lifting patients and situational awareness?
Wouldn't training like this not only prevent injuries, but also save on the financial end in lost wages, ambulance repairs and insurance. Maybe even prevent the ending of an EMS career too early.
Join us for some thoughts on this and bring us how your agency trains or doesn't train you in safety.
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During this episode of EMS Office Hours Greg and Jim came off the Boot Camp session on Medical Control Consults and brought up the topic on giving reports to other care providers, particularly during patient handoffs. They also talked about some specific safety awareness issues when riding in the back of the ambulance beyond simple seatbelt use. Take a listen and be sure to leave a comment or two.
This live webcast of EMS Live in Wisconsin was recorded on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
Our guests included two individuals with Lifestar EMS in West Bend, WI - Assistant Training Coordinator Tyler Christifulli and Field Training Educator Sam Ireland. They discussed how they have successfully been using field educators at their base locations, and also sending out to staff pre-training podcasts to encourage education and discussion. They call their program, "Flipping the classroom".
Lifestar's approach to EMS education included the following:
Identifying the epidemic of bad teaching practices that surround EMS.
Using old power points
What has Lifestar done to reinvent the way we approach education?
Flipping the classroom
Simplified power points and flip chart
The techniques of running a good simulation.
You don't need expensive equipment to run a good sim
Video recording and critique playback
Always succeed in simulations
Takes a lot of preparation to run an efficient and dynamic simulation.
To view and listen to the February 2016 pre-training podcast, "Patterns, Pathways, and Pain", as an example, completed by Lifestar EMS, click here.
Join co-hosts Chris Anderson, Joe Covelli, Patrick Ryan, Dan Williams and call-in guests and live listeners for 40-minutes of conversation about emergency medical services and the ambulance industry in Wisconsin the second and fourth Tuesday every month.
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Time to police our own in our field. Are we advancing and progressing as a field like we should or are we stagnant. Are we going to accept the lower standards and non progressive stagnant providers and leaders we have or will we take control of our trade? Time to eat the weak! Wage War!
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