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The update of the AEMT files is complete with the addition of the PowerPoint slides to the Acrobat.com site.  I/Cs and TOs who have been through the train the trainer course and who have access to the Acrobat.com site can now download the slides.

The slides have been left in a pptx file format. You can add content to the slides.  You may NOT delete content from the slides for from the AEMT program.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact us directly.

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.

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.

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!

Just a quick note to update everyone regarding the final updates for the transition courses. Look for the EMR and EMT sometime next week. I know we said we’d have it done by the 24th; but we got side tracked by family, Christmas, school events and having the transition airplane in the shop for an overhaul. We are working on it.

Transition Airplane Overhaul

The AEMT update will likely be a ways out. We still have not contracted to do the rework and I suspect that Board Staff is working to figure out exactly what needs to be done. The AEMT is in a fluid state.

On a very different note, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We had the pleasure of being border to border this fall and got to see a lot of great people. From all of us to you, continue to carve out time for meaning and celebration during this holiday season. Stay safe!

The transition is a complicated process.  Moving approximately 8,000 people from an existing level to a new and higher level of practice requires attention to detail by individual instructors and coordinators. 

I’ll use myself as an example.  I can’t monitor quality in your classroom but I can in mine.  As an instructor, my focus is on ensuring that I am teaching the transition bridge materials in a manner that meets what the State is asking of me, what my students need from me, what the subject requires, and with the end goal in mind that my students need to know the scope of practice to the same standard as every other certified provider at the same level in Kansas.  By working to ensure this in my little corner of the world I help make the transition process successful.  Your responsibility is the same.

The transition is an exciting time.  For some, add to that excitement the word “scary.”  This is not just for those needing to transition, but for those who are responsible for teaching them.  Despite some fear mixed in with the excitement, this is a wonderful opportunity for educators at all levels to make a strong and long-lasting impact on EMS in Kansas.

Previous Frequently Asked Question

This week the Kansas Board of EMS will be meeting in Topeka.  On their list of items to discuss and decide on are the full range of medications for the AEMT.  Additionally, they will be discussing and making decisions about the implementation of regulations to support Senate Bill 262 which goes into effect January 15, 2011.  One option that they have discussed is delaying implementation of regulations until December 31, 2011.  This decision would allow for more work to go into the regulations (making for better regulations) and also allow more time for attendants to complete the bridge courses for the new curricula. 

If you cannot be in Topeka this week, keep an ear to the process through your regional representatives.  Decisions will either be made or not made; but either way how we do our work as educators in helping to bridge people to the new scope will be affected.

Transition Airplane on the tarmac at OPFD

Whew!

That sums up our state of mind Sunday night as we drove home from Overland Park.  We had a great weekend in OP with a large number of interested and engaged people in attendance.  The “whew!” comes because we realized as we left that it was the last of the official train the trainers across the state this fall.

A special thanks to Region V, OPFD, and all those who helped make this train the trainer such a success!

If you missed getting into a train the trainer and have interest, you should contact Region V EMS to let them know.  They are looking at hosting one more train the trainer session after the first of the year.

Region V Overland Park Train the Trainer

What your friends do when you aren't looking!

We received an email from one of our friends in western Kansas yesterday asking for some clarification on the changes to the transition process from when he took the train the trainer course in August.  Kathleen and I both looked at each other and began laughing.  Not at the question.  It is a good question.  We laughed because the answers we give in the train the trainer sessions now are completely different from what we said in Oakley back in August.   The status of the transition process has changed and will likely change again before we reach the point of implementation.

I am going to refrain from detailing changes until after the December Board of EMS meeting.  Instead, I will use this post to once again state how important it is that the educators in Kansas EMS stay focused on those things that have not changed. 

  1. The curricula for the transition courses has been well received and is a strong foundation for educators to move forward with the courses.  This transition is doable!
  2. The transition represents Kansas moving to and past the National EMS Scope of Practice.  This means that we are working to remain contemporary in our care of the ill and injured.

Stay tuned.  Kathleen and I will summarize the changes after the December Board of EMS meeting.  In the meantime, we are preparing to head out for Overland Park and our last train the trainer class.  We’ll see many of you up in OP on Saturday.

EMS Transition Airplane at Garden City Community College

We flew the EMS Transition Airplane out to Garden City last weekend for the Region 2 (SW Kansas EMS) EMS Transition Train the Trainer.  Teaching out west is always a good experience and this class was no different.  It was great to have another class of people who are engaged and ready to work at making this a successful transition back home.  Attendees ranged from across Region 2 all the way to the far northeast corner of Kansas in Region 5!

Region 2 TtT Attendees

A big thank you to Region 2 for hosting the Train the Trainer and making all of us feel at home. 

Next stop, Overland Park!

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