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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

EMT Class week 13 (part 2) Behavioral Emergencies, Abdominal & Renal

Tess from the Village Ambulance service popped in to teach this session.  As usual, did a wonderful job.  Tough subject matter to teach, for sure.

Behavioral Emergencies was highlighted by videos of some really poor responders reacting to a meth addict call.  [click here for video]  She was obviously wired up and had either scratched her neck raw or burned it then scratched.  Several off-camera responders talked about her and treated her like garbage.  Here she is, a person who is MOST in need of medical services, being laughed at and treated like trash.  Made me sick to see this.

I realize 'regulars' can be a pain in the butt.  Problem is, EMS providers and other responders are often the only access these folks have to medical care.  For better or worse.  If you are that burned out of the job, seek another avenue of release.  Don't treat your patients like that.

Easy for me, a total noob, to say, right?
I guess time will tell whether I manage to avoid the burn.

Abdominal & renal (no big surprise) - assess, transport.  That pretty much sums it up.

Week 14 brings us to skills labs, and written test on Section 4 - Medical Emergencies.
I had better go study...

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