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One of the frequent questions has been about how to acquire DuoDote trainers. Brian Bailey, with Leavenworth County EMS provided me with this contact information this past fall. Bryan Salapong is the account representative for Meridian Medical Technologies, the manufacturers of the kits. Thanks, Brian, for passing this along. A number of people have been able to acquire one or two DuoDote Kits without having to purchase the entire case.
DuoDote Kit Contact:
Account Representative & Distributor Relations Commercial Pharmaceuticals MERIDIAN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES®, Inc., a subsidiary of King Pharmaceuticals®, Inc. 6350 Stevens Forest Road, Suite 301, Columbia, Maryland 21046 USA │(443.259.7892│email@example.com
Our good friends at Johnson County Med-Act produced some great videos showing both the end tidal CO2 Colorimetric device in action as well as capnography and capnometry. Take a look:
End Tidal CO2 Capnometer
There are numerous videos posted here. You’ll know them as they are posted by “ttems” Thanks to JoCo for sharing these!
This comes from Jared Hoover, a paramedic with Sedgwick County and a part-time instructor with Hutchinson Community College. Thanks for sharing, Jared!
“I thought I would share this with you. I created a training replica of a working foley catheter with a liter bag of NS. I spiked the bag and widened the hole with a screw driver. I then put the catheter in the bag and inflated the balloon in the port for the spike. I tried putting the balloon in the bag and resting it on top of the port but it leaked around the catheter. I added food coloring to the bag to make the saline more visible and then pulled the air out of the saline bag with a syringe and needle. I am not sure pulling the air out is necessary. It worked perfect and made for a great demonstration.”
This is a great example of classroom prop creativity. What are you using that others could benefit from? Let us know!
Some of you are already into the EMT Transition process. For those who aren’t, but are thinking about how to simulate different medications, here are some ideas.
For Aspirin placebos there is nothing as good as Mini M&Ms. We use a baby aspirin bottle that has been washed out with soap and water and dried. (We watch carefully for students overdosing in the corner of the classroom . . . )
A word of caution. Wash those bottles out! We also ensure that people are told that if they have allergies (ASA is a common one) that they should not partake of the placebos!
If you have other ideas that you use, we’d like to hear them so they can be shared as well.
A new EMT Student Manual, version 2-1 was posted on the Coordinator site this evening.
If you have already printed the EMT Student Manual 2-0, there is an addendum that can simply be added to what you have. The addendum includes a new Master Checkoff Sheet and worksheets for Pulse Oximetry and NTG administration.
EMR and EMT version 2-1 files for Transition Coordinators have been posted to the shared site. An e-mail with further information was sent to Coordinators earlier this evening. Please e-mail us if you have questions.
At the December Board of EMS meeting in Topeka, during the Education Subcommittee meeting on Thursday, Chy Miller, Hutchinson Community College, presented two documents for consideration. One document is Educator Reference Abbreviations that meet the 2009 National Education Guidelines. The other is the new EMT initial course of instruction (Table of Contents for EMT initial course of instruction).
The Education Subcommittee recognized both of these documents as providing a sound foundation for building the new EMT initial course of instruction. The Subcommittee also granted conditional approval of the new EMT initial course, which Hutchinson Community College will offer in January. This paves the way for other educators to submit requests for conditional approval for new EMT Initial Courses.
One of the things that has become apparent since we began the Train the Trainer courses is that some of the skills required in the transition courses will be problematic for local services. This is either because of the expense of equipment or because the skill is not expected to be used by services (this may not make sense to you, but is a result of adopting the National Scope for each level as part of our scope). As Friesen Group developed the curricula, we identified this about some specific skills such as mechanical CPR and automated transport ventilators. However, a few additional items came to light and with this in mind we went back to the Board of EMS at their October meeting to request a few additions to the “Optional” list of skills. Bear in mind, these must still be covered in the didactic portion of the transition course – however – the skills are not required for successful completion. Here is the list of optional skills by level.
|Application of ECG patches does NOT require an ECG monitor. It does require patches and ECG limb lead cables||Application of ECG patches does NOT require an ECG monitor. It does require patches and ECG limb lead cables||Administraton of Nitrous Oxide is NOT required|
|Mechanical CPR device is NOT required (As Adopted)||Use of Automatic Transport Ventilator is NOT required (As Adopted)||Use of Automatic Transport Ventilator is NOT required (As Adopted)|
|Use of Manually Triggered Ventilator is NOT required||Use of Manually Triggered Ventilator is NOT required|
|Automatic Blood Pressure acquisition is NOT required|
|EtCO2 Capnograph/Capnometer is NOT a required skill. Colormetric devices ARE required.|