Author Archive | Jim Hoffman

Asthma In The PreHospital Setting

Effective treatment of an asthmatic requires an understanding of the physiologic causes of asthma and the patient’s severity.  Pre-hospital care providers who can gauge the severity of asthma and deliver the appropriate treatment will be more effective in treating asthmatics. We were joined by Steven Kanarian of LaGuardia Community College Paramedic Program on this session. He covered various elements such as:

Physiology of asthma
Asthma triggers
The importance of understanding the elements of HPI
Assessment of the asthma patient in the pre-hospital setting
Keys to early asthma recognition
Pre-hospital treatment plans, what should yours be?

Both new and experienced providers will have deeper understanding of the causes, diagnosis and treatment of asthma upon completion of this webinar.

The handouts and Certificate of Completion are in a secure zip folder below the video. Included in that folder is also the MP3 of the session. (more…)

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Diabetic Patients | What Your Instructor Left Out

With a primary focus on identifying, treating and managing the diabetic patient in the field. “Diabetic Patients – What Your Instructor Left Out” is a birds eye view of what EMS providers can expect to see in the field setting and promises to present some eye opening tips and management techniques that will help you with this common EMS emergency.

Some of they key elements of this session are:

Being able to quickly identify a diabetic emergency.
How treating the diabetic patient goes beyond simple Dextrose or Glucose administration.
Obtaining finger sticks the “right way”Effectively dealing with the combative diabetic.
The chronic “brittle” diabetic. Treatment and lack of transport.
Discovering the primary triggers that negatively affect the diabetic patient.
High vs. Low. Is the finger stick the definitive answer?
Diabetes and Stroke. Find out the key signs and symptoms that will enable you to quickly diagnose the two and treat accordingly.
Case presentations to give you a real world view of what to expect in the field.

This fast paced session will target the diabetic patient as seen in the field setting. We’re not going to focus on insulin production and all the physiological elements of the diabetic patient. Your instructor did a good job on that. This session will deliver content you can apply in the field right away.

Don’t let this unique field focused session pass you by.

The recorded video and audio are below for you watch and listen to online. You can also download the audio file to listen on your MP3 player, computer or even burn to a CD. All the documents including the printable Certificate of Attendance are within a zipped download folder for easy and secure download. (more…)

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Lisa Hollett OB GYN Trilogy

Just added this three part webinar series on OB GYN and Pediatrics. This is one of the largest additions to the members area recently and is a $90 value. Making Turbo Medic even more powerful as your go to resource for EMS study and training knowledge. Read more below for details on these sessions and click over to the Video or Clinical areas to watch and download these resources. (more…)

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I Promise Not To Tell – Child Abuse

I Promise Not To Tell – Child Abuse

Child abuse, or non accidental injury to a child, is one of the most difficult calls for EMS providers to respond to. This presentation will help you feel more comfortable in recognizing what is, and isn’t, child abuse and what your responsibilities are as a mandatory reporter and to yourself and your crew. This installment of our Pediatric and Obstetric Awareness Boot Camps where you will also discover:

The true meaning of child abuse and how to define it.
The FOUR different categories of child abuse. Yes is more than one.
The patterns of injury that are characteristic of abuse
Your responsibilities as an EMS Provider with regards to reporting abuse (more…)

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Critter Catching 101 – OB Emergencies

Critter Catching 101 – OB Emergencies

Watch this presentation with Lisa Hollett, RN from Penn State-Hershey Medical Center. She discusses the call that makes us all nervous. A refresher look at OB emergencies including childbirth, miscarriages, PIH and care of the newborn. Intended for all levels of providers:

•A refresher look at OB emergencies
•Emergency childbirth
•Dealing with miscarriages in the field.
•Care of the newborn
•OB GYN case studies (more…)

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Trauma for Two – Trauma in Pregnancy

Trauma for Two – Trauma in Pregnancy

In this Boot Camp session our special guest Lisa Hollett, RN from Penn State-Hershey Medical Center presented on Trauma in Pregnancy. This targeted session will discuss the anatomical and physiological changes in pregnancy and how they both relate and affect the pregnant trauma patient. Lisa will also cover various mechanisms of injury and how they relate to pregnant vs. non-pregnant patients. Other key points in this session are:

•Why should we care about these types of patients?
•How are pregnant patients different?
•Who is more important mom or baby?
•How can trauma in pregnancy be prevented
•What are the implications of trauma during pregnancy?
•Case discussions (more…)

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Burns | Video Presentation

Here is a nice 30 minute video presentation from a burn unit MD. Great pics in this one. So you may not want to be eating during this video. (more…)

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EMS Quick Study Tips | Lymphatic & Immune Systems

Training5A&P Cont’d

These are key elements you will see on EMS exams throughout your EMS career. Understanding key concepts will have you succeeding on your exams. If you don’t understand part(s) of this, open your textbook or use the resources here at Turbo Medic to understand and master them. (more…)

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EMS Quick Study Tips | Heart & Circulatory System

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These are key elements you will see on EMS exams throughout your EMS career. Understanding key concepts will have you succeeding on your exams. If you don’t understand part(s) of this, open your textbook or use the resources here at Turbo Medic to understand and master them. (more…)

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EMS Quick Study Tips | Blood

Training5A&P Cont’d

These are key elements you will see on EMS exams throughout your EMS career. Understanding key concepts will have you succeeding on your exams. If you don’t understand part(s) of this, open your textbook or use the resources here at Turbo Medic to understand and master them. (more…)

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