Just a reminder to all of those who attended the train-the-trainer courses in 2010 who wish to download the newest manuals that the download site is: http://www.acrobat.com. We have added this information to the Documents and Links page too.

If you are a student in the transition, you will receive your student manual from your course instructor.

Yesterday the Board of EMS approved the updated curriculum for the AEMT.  The update includes all the medications that the Medical Advisory Council (MAC) approved for use by the AEMT.  What this means is that once we have packaged the new lesson plans and student manuals into the larger documents for students and instructors we will post them to the Acrobat site.  In addition, we are working to update the slides for the pharmacology section. These enhancements will take a couple of weeks and we’ll have them posted and ready to go.

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:

Bryan Salapong
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 (443.259.78923443.259.7801|*bryan.salapong@kingpharm.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!

Catheter Training Prop

“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!

Here is a link for forms:

To apply to teach a class, download the Single Program Provider Form.

At the end of the class technicians must download and complete the Transition Form.


Please contact the Board directly with questions about these forms.

The Road Ahead

We’ve been getting calls about the pre-tests and the post-tests in the last few weeks as transition classes have started across Kansas. The primary question is, “Where are the right answers?” The short answer is, “The answers are in the instructor manual.”

But, the right answers constantly change. When we developed the curriculum, the American Heart Association was recommending a 95% oxygen saturation. Now, with the 2010 guidelines, they are recommending 94% oxygen saturation.

As someone who is not an EMS provider, my hope is that the search for the right answer will not end with the transition. Perhaps the right answer isn’t an absolute, perfect answer. Perhaps the right answer is the one that comes when professional providers make decisions based on current best practices, based on the best research, based on hours and hours of practice, based on what is best for this patient in this time and location.

I hope that the stewardship of EMS continue beyond the next few years of transition. Stewardship will capture the power of being a steward, a guardian, a diligent caretaker, a person worthy of trust, a servant.

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 NTG we are using Altoids Smalls which are placed into NTG bottles (after they are washed with soap and water and then dried out).
NTG Placebo

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 . . . )
ASA Placebo

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.

For those educators who have been asking us about updated AEMT Instructor Manuals and Student Manuals, we are still waiting on the State of Kansas and Board to finalize a new contract. Once that is finalized, we will begin work on making the modifications.

If you are planning to begin teaching now, we recommend that you focus on the portions that will not be changed.

We spent Saturday in Overland Park at Johnson County Community College teaching day one of the train the trainer for Region V.  They stepped up to the plate to host one more session for those who missed out this fall.  A great group of people!


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