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The Constant Struggle

October 1, 2008
"You kinda have to build these two complete levels of emotional armor ... work is work and home is home, and they just don't mix too much." Rod McGinnes and Charlie Soucheray discuss the difficulty of maintaining an emotional separation between home life and work as an EMS provider, and how your relationship with your partner plays an important role.
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The Blue Paramedic Exam is PredictiveBy Rachael Rosen

September 24, 2008

The research has been concluded: the Blue Paramedic Exam is valid, reliable, and predictive. Thanks to all of the students, instructors, and experts who participated in the development of this exam. We couldn't be more thrilled by the results!

More than 2,000 paramedic students helped pilot-test the Blue Paramedic Exam. By using Item Response Theory to analyze the students' results, we determined that the exam has an average Item Discrimination Index of 0.73; the exam can reliably distinguish high-level learners from low-level learners. The Subject Matter Expert recommended cut score (i.e. passing score) was 73%. Students who met or exceeded this score passed the exam.

Participating institutions were asked to report their students' NREMT Cognitve Exam (NREMTCE) results. We received NREMTCE results from 33 schools in 21 states (N=399). The study showed that 97% of students who passed the Blue Paramedic Exam passed the NREMTCE on the first attempt. 76% of students who took the Blue Paramedic Exam (regardless of passing or failing) passed the NREMTCE on their first attempts.


FISDAP at 2008 NAEMSE SymposiumBy Rachael Rosen

September 2, 2008

We are excited to attend the NAEMSE Symposium in St. Louis, September 11-14th. It's always nice to see familiar faces and meet new ones. Be sure to come and say hello to Mike, Louise, and the rest of the FISDAP gang in booth #210.

On Saturday, we will be hosting a FISDAP user meeting. Come learn about the latest FISDAP features, get a sneak peek of features coming soon, ask questions of FISDAP staff, and meet other members of the FISDAP community.

FISDAP User Meeting
Saturday, September 13th, 5:30 PM
Landmark 7 Room
St. Louis Renaissance Hotel

Also, be sure to check out the Trading Post Session, sponsored by FISDAP, at 6:30 PM on Friday. We hope to see you there!


Be Consistent

September 1, 2008
"We got to the ambulance thinking it was going to be a typical sick person trip to the hospital. We went ahead and started the typical procedure ... we put her on the monitor. And the monitor showed a sinus rhythm. Well, sinus, but about 210. It went up to 250 as we were sitting there watching." George Perry discusses the importance of using consistent procedures during patient care and communication with the hospital.
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Children and Meth

September 1, 2008
"Do you as an EMS provider know how to take care of these kids [who are taken out of meth houses]? Do you know what they need? Do you know how to support their psychological, emotional and physical needs?" Dawn Bidwell reminds us about this important but overlooked aspect of EMS care.
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Regularly Irregular

September 1, 2008
Do you know what a regularly irregular pulse indicates? Scott Snyder shares a trick with Charle Soucheray that can help paramedic students "amaze their friends and stupefy their paramedic preceptors!"
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The Most Craziest Run

September 1, 2008
"My partner Tom and I had gotten a call to a patient who was suffering from a stroke..." This ordinary beginning led to a chaotic night! Click below to hear Dave Long share his "most craziest run."
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Distracting Injuries

August 1, 2008
"[T]hey never followed up on why I passed out. I think they either assumed that I fell or tripped or whatever, but it never occurred to them to really look past that." EMS instructor Nanci learned firsthand the importance of looking past distracting injuries when she became a patient herself. Click below to listen to her story.
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