Month: August 2012

National Standard EMT gaining access into vehicle sequence as written

Getting to the Patient
A. Simple access – does not require equipment.
1. Try opening each door.
2. Roll down windows.
3. Have patient unlock doors.
B. Complex access – requires use of tools, special equipment. These are
separate programs that should be taken (Trench, High Angle, Basic
Vehicle Rescue).
IV. Removing the Patient
A. Maintain cervical spine stabilization.
B. Complete initial assessment.
C. Provide critical interventions.

Infant and child anatomy considerations emt

Infant and child anatomy considerations

1. Mouth and nose – in general, all structures are smaller and more

easily obstructed than in adults.

2. Pharynx – infants’ and children’s tongues take up proportionally

more space in the mouth than adults.

3. Trachea (windpipe)

a. Infants and children have narrower tracheas that are

obstructed more easily by swelling.

b. The trachea is softer and more flexible in infants and


4. Subglottic – Narrowest area in infants and children is the cricoid


5. Cricoid cartilage – like other cartilage in the infant and child, the

cricoid cartilage is less developed and less rigid.

6. Diaphragm – chest wall is softer, infants and children tend to

depend more heavily on the diaphragm for breathing.



Croup stridor videos


Burns and Classification video


Critical areas from a burn include:


Upper airway




Remember that when you rate a burn this includes anterior or posterior parts of the body. What if a guy burns his whole arm instead of the frontal portion of it. How would you call it in?

I am personally struggling with rate and depth. Still trying to get a grip on this issue.

Ischemia vs infarction

This is a question on a exam that I encountered. At the look of the question I really thought I new the answer and after much brain racking I realized by definition I was struggling to know what the difference was in the two words. Yes I know it sounds silly but yes I am slow for sure.

So  ischemia really is INADEQUATE blood supply to the body part.

and infarction is DEATH to the tissue.

Huge difference.

FYI to myself

So when someone says that a person has had a myocardial infarction what they are saying is : He is having a heart muscle death to its tissues. This is serious.

This is another one that I struggled with and after ready my text book_ go figure I did realize that CHF is usually post heart attack and for all you learners learning including me. CHF is attached to people who have had previous Heart attacks.In the video below she even says the heart beats 60-100 times a minute. So on a exam if they say the mans pulse was 61_ is that considers WNL_ the answer is yes.

Here is a video



A little bit off the subject not really. Still focused on the heart issues and this one shed some light for me on types of Aortic Aneurysms.