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Confessions of an EMS Newbie is a weekly podcast for beginning EMS providers. As Ron goes through paramedic school he'll sit down and discuss what he's learning with experienced Paramedic and writer Kelly Grayson. Anyone new to being an EMT will enjoy getting the strait scoop and accurate information from someone who has been there over and over. Ron's perspective as knowing next to nothing means we'll keep it understandable and practical.
 
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(23:49) Ron’s not going to be a paramedic in the near future so we are talking with some other newbies. JD Meyerdirk is getting ready to start paramedic school and we sit down with him to talk about it. We also talk about Kilted to Kick Cancer a lot. It starts September first and Kelly’s got another contest with even more great prizes. Mentions: Ki…
 
(23:49) Ron’s not going to be a paramedic in the near future so we are talking with some other newbies. JD Meyerdirk is getting ready to start paramedic school and we sit down with him to talk about it. We also talk about Kilted to Kick Cancer a lot. It starts September first and Kelly’s got another contest with even more great prizes. Mentions: Ki…
 
(25:00) Despite many many failures, Ron has finally come to the end of his Paramedic training experience. This week he retook the skill he failed, and took his NREMT-P cognitive exam. Listen to find out the results. What I Did This Week On Saturday I went to the ALERT Academy in Big Sandy Texas and retook my pedi-vent skill. A very nice female para…
 
(34:56) Ron passed his oral boards but didn’t pass all of his skills. This week we talk about pediatric airways and prepping for the written exam. Also mentioned, doing drug math, paramedic test prep books and CPR HD. Mentions: MedicTests.com Listener Questions Matt asks: I will be graduating college this coming December with a bachelors degree in …
 
(34:56) Ron passed his oral boards but didn’t pass all of his skills. This week we talk about pediatric airways and prepping for the written exam. Also mentioned, doing drug math, paramedic test prep books and CPR HD. Mentions: MedicTests.com Listener Questions Matt asks: I will be graduating college this coming December with a bachelors degree in …
 
(22:48) Well I thought I was done, but it turns out I was living an illusion. What I Did This Week I did not pass my orals, as a matter of fact I failed them miserably. 12 Lead and ECG interpretation Drug Doses Hit the stress wall and flamed out during PALS. Failed PALS Doses are my nemesis Mentions: MedicTests.com Listener Questions I wanted to fi…
 
(58:06) In this episode Ron talks with Licensed Paramedic Sarah Francis McClure his paramedic clinical internship preceptor about the time they spent together. Tell us a little about you and how you became a paramedic. What are your memories of your own clinical internship? How do they effect how you interact with students? You have a lot of studen…
 
(58:06) In this episode Ron talks with Licensed Paramedic Sarah Francis McClure his paramedic clinical internship preceptor about the time they spent together. Tell us a little about you and how you became a paramedic. What are your memories of your own clinical internship? How do they effect how you interact with students? You have a lot of studen…
 
(46:21) For Ron paramedic school is over. Finished his clinicals including getting his vaginal birth, took his department’s oral board exam and 180 question final. Ron and Kelly noticed today that this podcast has become a lot less newbie friendly because he now understands all those terms he didn’t earlier in his school time, so we make a special …
 
(46:21) For Ron paramedic school is over. Finished his clinicals including getting his vaginal birth, took his department’s oral board exam and 180 question final. Ron and Kelly noticed today that this podcast has become a lot less newbie friendly because he now understands all those terms he didn’t earlier in his school time, so we make a special …
 
(35:31) Ron finally had that call he was so worried about when he started EMT Basic all those years ago. He’s almost done with paramedic school, finishing up clinicals and classes over the next couple of weeks. What I Did This Week Assessment Based Management Learned from one of the instructors – stick by what you decided. Don’t doubt yourself. The…
 
(35:31) Ron finally had that call he was so worried about when he started EMT Basic all those years ago. He’s almost done with paramedic school, finishing up clinicals and classes over the next couple of weeks. What I Did This Week Assessment Based Management Learned from one of the instructors – stick by what you decided. Don’t doubt yourself. The…
 
(38:42) Ron has a bit of an emotional breakdown during a clinical this week and we talk about the effects of fatigue and how you handle not knowing what to do. Also how do you know when you are ready? What I Did This Week Assessment Based Management More scenarios and I’m wondering a little how much it is helping. Clinicals You know you are in EMS …
 
(26:25) This week the Newbie sets down with Joseph Storm of MedicTests.com and talks about preparing for the national registry EMT and Paramedic tests. Joe gives some really great tips on taking and passing the test. What are the most common questions about Incident Command? What is the most common acidosis question and answer? Listen to this episo…
 
(26:25) This week the Newbie sets down with Joseph Storm of MedicTests.com and talks about preparing for the national registry EMT and Paramedic tests. Joe gives some really great tips on taking and passing the test. What are the most common questions about Incident Command? What is the most common acidosis question and answer? Listen to this episo…
 
(32:01) Starting a new semester with testing. And doing medic things everyone does, but that he hasn’t learned yet. What I Did This Week Assessment Based Management Tested all our paramedic skills. The one that got the most people was Static Cardiology. I got all the rhythms, but mess-up 2 drug doses Also you have to treat the patient, meaning if t…
 
(32:01) Starting a new semester with testing. And doing medic things everyone does, but that he hasn’t learned yet. What I Did This Week Assessment Based Management Tested all our paramedic skills. The one that got the most people was Static Cardiology. I got all the rhythms, but mess-up 2 drug doses Also you have to treat the patient, meaning if t…
 
(45:44) We’re back from a long break and the Newbie has been busy. Ron started his clinical internship and have now done 4 24 hour shifts with one crew at the Harris County Emergency Corps. He’s learning a lot, here’s some of the thing Ron and Kelly talk about: How to use the IV cath right How to do CHART. I now understand it and even take notes in…
 
(45:44) We’re back from a long break and the Newbie has been busy. Ron started his clinical internship and have now done 4 24 hour shifts with one crew at the Harris County Emergency Corps. He’s learning a lot, here’s some of the thing Ron and Kelly talk about: How to use the IV cath right How to do CHART. I now understand it and even take notes in…
 
(21:58) Ron goes through his final final and some skills testing. No more lectures, no more teacher’s dirty looks. What I Did This Week Clinicals Paper work. What a pain. Mentions: Bob Page on Stethoscopes Listener Questions I had originally planned to contact Kelly directly, but then realized his answer would probably be useful for EMS Newbie fans…
 
(21:58) Ron goes through his final final and some skills testing. No more lectures, no more teacher’s dirty looks. What I Did This Week Clinicals Paper work. What a pain. Mentions: Bob Page on Stethoscopes Listener Questions I had originally planned to contact Kelly directly, but then realized his answer would probably be useful for EMS Newbie fans…
 
(29:40) Ron has his last lecture of paramedic school and it is about Environmental Emergencies. What I Did This Week Medical Emergencies Environmental Emergencies Heat Cold Do you have a low temperature thermometer? We’ll see hypothermia in Houston because there are lots of ways to have it happen, but she said not going to see frostbite. Then my wi…
 
(29:40) Ron has his last lecture of paramedic school and it is about Environmental Emergencies. What I Did This Week Medical Emergencies Environmental Emergencies Heat Cold Do you have a low temperature thermometer? We’ll see hypothermia in Houston because there are lots of ways to have it happen, but she said not going to see frostbite. Then my wi…
 
(33:54) Blooooodddd, maybe this should have been the halloween episode. Ron learns about blood diseases. Its also scary how burned out everyone in class is getting at this point. Only 3 weeks to go. Ron gets his textbook changed. He also gets an EMS job, find out what’s scary about that on this week’s episode. What I Did This Week Got something add…
 
(33:54) Blooooodddd, maybe this should have been the halloween episode. Ron learns about blood diseases. Its also scary how burned out everyone in class is getting at this point. Only 3 weeks to go. Ron gets his textbook changed. He also gets an EMS job, find out what’s scary about that on this week’s episode. What I Did This Week Got something add…
 
(27:30) This week Ron and Kelly podcast live from the 2011 Texas EMS Conference. They discuss the different lectures and sessions they attended, which were good, which were packed so full of information it was tough to keep up and which left the brain as soon as the feet left the room. There’s talk of C-PAPP, the number one reason of geriatric alte…
 
(42:15) Ron and Kelly talk about overdoses and antidotes, how to deal with calls that have signs of domestic abuse, and we hear that Ron’s white cloud, may be getting a bit more grey… What I Did This Week Medical Emergencies *What are typical overdoses?* Do you carry any antidotes? Warming activated charcoal? Carry ipecac syrup? Use it? Given/use F…
 
(42:15) Ron and Kelly talk about overdoses and antidotes, how to deal with calls that have signs of domestic abuse, and we hear that Ron’s white cloud, may be getting a bit more grey… What I Did This Week Medical Emergencies *What are typical overdoses?* Do you carry any antidotes? Warming activated charcoal? Carry ipecac syrup? Use it? Given/use F…
 
(24:42) Ron and Kelly talk about the upcoming Texas EMS conference, Syncopal episodes in geriatric patients, the rainbow of newborns and why or why not there can be male L&D nurses. What I Did This Week Medical Emergencies Had a test. Don’t know what I made, but still improving. Special Populations Geriatrics What’s the most common reason you see f…
 
(24:42) Ron and Kelly talk about the upcoming Texas EMS conference, Syncopal episodes in geriatric patients, the rainbow of newborns and why or why not there can be male L&D nurses. What I Did This Week Medical Emergencies Had a test. Don’t know what I made, but still improving. Special Populations Geriatrics What’s the most common reason you see f…
 
(42:07) This week we talk note taking technologies, nephronology, bio-chemistry, greek god’s wooden parts, and army medics. Kelly also points out lucrative markets for lawyers in EMS that might change it for the better. What I Did This Week Ron wwitched note taking and recording technologies. Livescribe to Evernote Medical Emergencies Nephronology …
 
(42:07) This week we talk note taking technologies, nephronology, bio-chemistry, greek god’s wooden parts, and army medics. Kelly also points out lucrative markets for lawyers in EMS that might change it for the better. What I Did This Week Ron wwitched note taking and recording technologies. Livescribe to Evernote Medical Emergencies Nephronology …
 
(44:59) Kelly has an abdominal complaint just for the show, so Ron tries not to make him laugh. What I Did This Week Medical Emergencies Gastric emergencies What’s the most common gastronomic complaint you see? Phergan vs Zofran What’s the most common missed gastro complaint? Kidney stones Special Populations Test and scenarios Clinicals Road with …
 
(44:59) Kelly has an abdominal complaint just for the show, so Ron tries not to make him laugh. What I Did This Week Medical Emergencies Gastric emergencies What’s the most common gastronomic complaint you see? Phergan vs Zofran What’s the most common missed gastro complaint? Kidney stones Special Populations Test and scenarios Clinicals Road with …
 
(29:26) What I Did this week: Medical Emergencies Tests and scenarios Special Populations Dextrose IO? How do you recognize child abuse? Most common household substance for pediatric poisoning? Meningitis exposure. If you treat a patient you get treated? Cushing’s triad metaphor Bandaging the neck by running it under the arm Clinicals None but a vo…
 
(29:26) What I Did this week: Medical Emergencies Tests and scenarios Special Populations Dextrose IO? How do you recognize child abuse? Most common household substance for pediatric poisoning? Meningitis exposure. If you treat a patient you get treated? Cushing’s triad metaphor Bandaging the neck by running it under the arm Clinicals None but a vo…
 
(45:41) Lots of stuff on pediatrics and the body’s defenses. Let’s try a slightly different version of the show notes. Here’s my actual outline from the show. From last week’s episode Laryngospasm Article about post op laryngospasm and management 1. succacoline does stop laryngospasm 2. ultimately they used lidocaine and did a “bilateral superior l…
 
(45:41) Lots of stuff on pediatrics and the body’s defenses. Let’s try a slightly different version of the show notes. Here’s my actual outline from the show. From last week’s episode Laryngospasm Article about post op laryngospasm and management 1. succacoline does stop laryngospasm 2. ultimately they used lidocaine and did a “bilateral superior l…
 
(29:02) In Special Episode 7, Ron interviews Jeff Isaac from Wilderness Medical Associates. Ron and Jeff discuss how wilderness doesn’t necessarily mean deep in the back country or in a cave, how the definition has changed over the years, and why WEMT is useful for all EMT and Paramedic practitioners. Jeff is a physician assistant with a particular…
 
(29:02) In Special Episode 7, Ron interviews Jeff Isaac from Wilderness Medical Associates. Ron and Jeff discuss how wilderness doesn’t necessarily mean deep in the back country or in a cave, how the definition has changed over the years, and why WEMT is useful for all EMT and Paramedic practitioners. Jeff is a physician assistant with a particular…
 
(41:29) We’re talking birthing babies, vomit and poop this week. Ever seen a breech deliver? Heard the term “Macro peds”? The changing rules of suctioning meconium babies. Projectile vomiting and being covered in vomit. Kelly discusses laryngo-spasm. Mentions: Episode 10 – Don’t Know Nothing About Birth’n No Babies Black Box warning from FDA on Ter…
 
(41:29) We’re talking birthing babies, vomit and poop this week. Ever seen a breech deliver? Heard the term “Macro peds”? The changing rules of suctioning meconium babies. Projectile vomiting and being covered in vomit. Kelly discusses laryngo-spasm. Mentions: Episode 10 – Don’t Know Nothing About Birth’n No Babies Black Box warning from FDA on Ter…
 
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