The Fisdap Blog


December 1, 2008
"The patient gave every indication that she was still breathing, and her skin was pink. But she quite obviously had some head injury. And it looked like the horse had kicked her or somehow she'd fallen and gotten stepped on." As a student, Daryl Doering was called to a farm to treat a unresponsive woman in a horse stall. But things weren't quite what they seemed. Click below to hear the rest of the story.
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New Report: Observed Team LeadsBy Rachael Rosen

November 5, 2008

The FISDAP Observed Team Lead Report helps students and instructors determine why students may be getting credit for "observing" Team Leads rather than "performing" them. Check out this new Workbench Report in the Reports section, and let us know what you think!

FISDAP is on Facebook!

FISDAP is now on Facebook. Go to to become a fan and meet other FISDAP users.

Airplane Crash

November 1, 2008
"The training that I'd been trained kicked right in. Didn't have any questions or problems or anything like that. And so it turned out to be a great experience all around!" David Warf tells Sarah Desombre about working as a young firefighter in the aviation industry.
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Be a Little More Thorough

November 1, 2008
"As I looked around it was a little bit eerie 'cause I thought there was something not right." Al Alcalde relates how he learned an important lesson early in his career as a paramedic.
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In Extremis

November 1, 2008
"The blood sugar on a four month old was 400. And I thought it must be a mistake, so we rechecked the blood sugar and again it came back over 400." Susie Kochevar describes how she learned about an interesting aspect of pediatric physiology that could impact the emergency care of young patients.
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Defining Moment

November 1, 2008
"I spoke to the nurse that was handling the patient. I said, 'Oh, you know, what happened to that patient? I'm curious.' He says, 'Well, she coded right after you guys left ... we ended up reviving her' ... I immediately thought that had I not made that decision, she probably would have coded on me in the back of the ambulance." Tom Reynolds and Sarah Desombre talk about "listening to your gut" and the satisfaction of making the right choices.
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Test Writing Workshop in Dallas AreaBy Rachael Rosen

October 27, 2008

David Page, FISDAP, and Collin County Community College invite all EMS instructors to join them for an Item Review Workshop. In this workshop, you will develop skills to:

  • write better exams and quizzes for your students.
  • review your test items for accuracy and validity.
  • prepare your students for the NREMT Cognitive Exam.

You will also learn how:

  • criterion-based exams like the National Registry are written.
  • FISDAP's valid, reliable, and predictive exams are developed.
  • to get discounted or free access to FISDAP Testing.

This two-day workshop will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, December 3rd and 4th. Please contact sdesombre [at] fisdap [dot] net (Sarah Desombre) to sign up.

EMS Coordinators and Instructors

FISDAP Item Writing Workshop

Frisco, Texas
Preston Ridge Campus
Collin County Community College

December 3rd from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
December 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

FISDAP at EMS ExpoBy Rachael Rosen

October 10, 2008

We will be attending EMS Expo, October 14th-17th, and look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas. Please stop by booth #559 to say hello and learn about some of the new features we've recently released.

Like last year, we will be recording stories for Open Airways, an ongoing project to capture an EMS oral history. Come check out our recording booth on the show room floor and share a story with us!

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