Basic Airway Management in EMS

Basic Airway Management in EMS For Submission to Dr. Hector Carabello August 15th, 2021 Jennie Helmer, ACP, M.Ed. Introduction By its very definition, “basic airway management” is anything but basic.  As a paramedic, you instinctively know that the most critical task you will be called on to perform, is managing the airway.  Strikingly, the most […]

How MedCognition is Making Clinical Training More Intuitive with PerSim, a Holographic Augmented-Reality Patient Assessment System

How MedCognition is Making Clinical Training More Intuitive with PerSim, a Holographic Augmented-Reality Patient Assessment System There is a phenomenon in healthcare that pre-existed the COVID-19 pandemic but may be more pressing than ever after training institutions shuttered for nearly a year in 2020.  Emerging from a global public health crisis, healthcare institutions’ use of […]

Medical Training in the Time of COVID

Medical Training in the Time of COVID It’s only been about a year since the COVID pandemic blind-sided institutions of education. At all levels of education, learning diminished to a trickle or a complete halt. Globally it is estimated that 900 million learners have been impacted. The pandemic effects on healthcare education and training have […]

5 Ways Simulation in Nursing Education Is Used To Prepare Tomorrow’s Nurses

5 Ways Simulation in Nursing Education Is Used To Prepare Tomorrow’s Nurses With emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, simulation in nursing education has played a critical role in students’ clinical education experiences since clinical placements in hospitals have been restricted or eliminated altogether.(1) However, even pre-pandemic, faculty and researchers recognized the value of simulation in […]

Pearls and Pitfalls of 3 Technology Trends Shaping Learning in the Medical Workplace

Pearls and Pitfalls of 3 Technology Trends Shaping Learning in the Medical Workplace INTRODUCTION Life-long learning has become essential to healthcare. As Harvard Medical School reported, the half-life of medical knowledge was 18 to 24 months in 2017 and headed to 73 days by 2021. As relevant medical knowledge rapidly decays, technology inevitably plays a […]

Three Benefits and Challenges of ‘in-situ’ Medical Simulation

Three Benefits and Challenges of ‘in-situ’ Medical Simulation Benefits Simulation in a clinical environment, otherwise known as in-situ simulation, is supported by various rationale. #1. WHAT IS EARNED IS LEARNED One such motivation is Kolb’s theory of experiential learning. Experiential learning allows trainees in healthcare to engage in near actual practice. Training in real clinical […]

Is TeleSimulation Ready For Prime-Time?

Introduction to Telesimulation The rise of technology and the growing use of virtual interaction in our culture has opened up a new frontier of education with telesimulation. Traditionally, both the teacher and student need to be physically present in the same place—a problem to which telesimulation has offered a unique solution. The field of healthcare, […]

Paramedic Medication Errors with Pediatric Patients

“88.8% of paramedics studied reported the need for pediatric drug dosing cards” INTRODUCTION Medication errors are common in the prehospital setting due to the complexity of treatment regimens and the hurried environment (1). Pediatric patients are especially at risk due to the extra steps, calculations, and processes involved in pediatric treatment. The prehospital work environment […]

Do you fear messing up patient care? You are not alone.

Do you fear messing up patient care? You are not alone. FEAR OF DEATH OR SOMETHING ELSE? Getting into healthcare at almost any level pushes you to confront YOUR FEARS, but that’s not why you got into it, right? Or is it? Nearly all of us chose to enter the healthcare arena out of a […]

Do You Make These Mistakes When Giving Meds To Your Patients?

“Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom.” — WILLIAM JORDAN INTRODUCTION The paramedic work environment is often high-pressure and fast-paced. This type of environment coupled with complex health conditions, emergency situations, and high-risk medication therapies can lead to significant errors in the appropriate administration of many medications (1). Patients, families, paramedics, and the healthcare system, in […]