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Get your FREE exhibit hall pass and visit us at EMS World Expo!By Nora Vanni

September 8, 2015

EMS World Expo exhibit hall 2015Redeem this free exhibit hall pass and visit us next week at EMS World Expo in Las Vegas, NV. Stop by Booth 1029 to ask questions, give our team feedback, or just say hello! We hope we'll see you.

Redeem your pass online in three easy steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Click REGISTER in upper right-hand corner of homepage.
  3. Use the code FISDAPVIP to get free admission to the exhibit hall.

Your VIP Pass also gives you FREE access to:

  • Opening Ceremonies & Keynote Presentation – “Mission Critical: Securing the Future of EMS”, Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FACEP
  • Exhibit Hall –See the latest products and technologies from over 300 exhibitors covering 70,000 sq. feet of exhibit space
  • Learning Center – Choose from 10+ educational classes to earn free CE credits
  • Sim Lab – Get hands-on and put your clinical skills to the test using the most advanced products and simulators in the market
  • And More!

What is an Exam Blueprint?By Rachel Walwood

September 1, 2015

Testing is a complex subject area. We’ve spent some time this year explaining the basics of Cut Scores and Exam Validity to help EMS educators ensure the tests they’re administering provide good evidence of the student’s knowledge. But how do we know whether our tests measure the domains of knowledge we want to evaluate? The answer is in an evidence-based testing blueprint.

Start at the Beginning

Testing should never be an afterthought in education. Although a summative or final exam is administered toward the end of a course, it should be used to align the curriculum before the course begins. Developing a blueprint based on educational priorities allows you to prioritize what is taught. It also ensures you have spent enough time covering the tested material in class or lab, or through homework. Before beginning the blueprint, you need to know what type of exam you’re creating. A formative exam (a quiz or unit test administered during the course) should have a minimum of 60 items. A summative exam, which is also called a final exam, has ideally between 150 and 200 items.

From North Dakota to Ghana: Collaboration in EMS EducationBy Nora Vanni

August 28, 2015

Ron Lawler with his students in Accra, GhanaIn recent years, the North Dakota Army National Guard has partnered with the Ghanaian government to help develop military, security, and infrastructure. As part of a focus on improving disaster relief and healthcare, one element has been to further develop Ghana’s EMS apparatus. This spring, a group of EMS educators and administrators traveled across the world from North Dakota to lead two weeks of training in Accra, Ghana’s capital city. Among them was paramedic educator and friend of Fisdap Ron Lawler, who sat down with me to discuss his part in the most recent trip to Ghana.

"Race and Sex Disparities in Prehospital Recognition of Acute Stroke" - PCRF Journal Club

August 10, 2015
This month, we discussed a study on disparities in recognition of stroke by prehospital providers based on race and sex. Joining us were guest facilitator and PCRF fellow Megan Corry and study author Dr. Prasanthi Govindarajan of Stanford University. This was a fascinating discussion about a key topic in EMS.
"Race and Sex Disparities in Prehospital Recognition of Acute Stroke" was authored by Prasanthi Govindarajan, MD, MAS, Benjamin T. Friedman, NREMT-P, James Q. Delgadillo, David Ghilarducci, MD, Lawrence J. Cook, PhD, Barbara Grimes, PhD, Charles E. McCulloch, PhD, and S. Claiborne Johnston, MD, PhD. It was published March 2015 in Volume 22, Issue 3 of Academic Emergency Medicine.

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Attachments for Mobile and Desktop - July WebinarBy Mike Mayne

July 30, 2015

For our July webinar, we covered Fisdap's newest release: attachments for the desktop and mobile apps! Take a tour of the mobile app (now available for iOS and Android) and learn how to use photos of signed shift documentation as preceptor signoff.

Learn more about Attachments in our Release History post.

Fisdap Mobile is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

Driverless Technology and the Ambulance of the FutureBy Rachel Walwood

July 23, 2015

Since the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the National Standard Curriculum in 1985, EMS has been irrevocably connected with transportation and public safety. Automobile technology has developed at a breakneck pace and has brought changes in emergency medical care along with it. From improvements in manufacturing processes and materials fabrication that afford more room and improved work areas in the rig, to advances in lighting and electrical technology that allow for more efficient patient care during transport, today’s ambulances are significantly different machines than those of the past.

The Compensatory Reserve - PCRF Journal Club

July 22, 2015

This month, we were thrilled to have Dr. Victor A. Convertino join us for a discussion of his research on the Compensatory Reserve Index (CRI), a machine model that detects and trends central blood volume reduction in real time and permits a more specific picture of blood loss than traditional vital signs.

This study, entitled "Individual-Specific, Beat-to-Beat Trending of Significant Human Blood Loss: The Compensatory Reserve," was authored by Victor A. Convertino, Jeffrey T. Howard, Carmen Hinojosa-Laborde, Sylvain Cardin, Paul Batchelder, Jane Mulligan, Gregory Z. Grudic, Steven L. Moulton, and David B. MacLeod, and will be published August 2015 in Shock

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NREMT Recertification Update: the National Continued Competency Project (NCCP)By Mike Mayne

July 8, 2015

Change is afoot in EMS. With the new National Education Standards, the scope of practice has changed for Paramedics and EMTs. The NREMT is piloting a new initial certification model with the Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Package (Check out this blog post for more information on the PPCP pilot). Meanwhile, the current recertification model has remained unchanged and every two years, like clockwork, Paramedics need 72 CE hours to recertify.

Like with the initial certification model, the NREMT has realized “clockwork” isn’t cutting it anymore. They are now introducing a competency-based recertification model in place of the longstanding hours-based model. It’s called the National Continued Competency Project (NCCP), and some significant changes are in store.

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