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"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.


Fisdap Lab Skills & the PPCP - June WebinarBy Mike Mayne

June 25, 2015

In this webinar, we show off some Lab Skills best practices and discuss the NREMT's Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Portfolio (PPCP). Read about the latest changes to the PPCP in Nora's blog post, and watch this webinar to personalize your program and track precisely what you want your students doing in the lab. 

Plus, a sneak preview of the upcoming release of a brand new feature: Attachments.


How to Set a Cut ScoreBy Nora Vanni

June 18, 2015

There are many ways to construct an exam. You can use short answer questions, fill in the blank questions, multiple-choice questions, true/false questions, essay questions: the possibilities are endless! When it comes to grading that exam, some questions have a single correct answer and some are graded on the accuracy and quality of the response. But how do you determine who passes the test?

What is a Cut Score?

The score at which a student passes or fails is called the cut score. It is the score that separates passing examinees from failing examinees. This standard is for a minimally acceptable candidate (MAC). Such an examinee isn’t an A or B student, but more a borderline C or D performer.


Revisiting the "Golden Hour" - PCRF Journal Club

June 10, 2015

This month, a great panel of experts joined us for a rousing discussion of this recent research on shock and traumatic brain injury. Joining us this month were:

•  Chris Ryther, MS, NRP, Paramedic at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Professor at American River College in Sacramento, CA
•  Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP, Medical Director for Healtheast Medical Transport in St. Paul, MN
•  Lawrence Brown, PhD, MPH, TM, Director of Research Education at the University of Texas at Austin
•  Jessica Greupner, MD, Emergency Medicine Resident at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN

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