Tuesday, March 3. 2015
Saturday, February 21. 2015
for the upcoming EMT Exit Session at PERCOM's offices in Abilene, Texas
scheduled for April 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2015. Only students who have
taken and passed Final Exam are eligible to RSVP and no late RSVP's will
be accepted. To RSVP, email Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Monday, February 9. 2015
Wednesday, February 4. 2015
Sunday, January 25. 2015
Forum posts was hacked. This is very common in today's world and
despite our many requests to Yahoo for assistance, we have received
none. We have investigated other groups (free and paid services) and
none so far seem to be able to guarantee that this won't happen again
with their service or that they will even do anything about it if it
does. If you have suggestions of services that you KNOW spammers don't
hack or that the service will do something about it if they do, let Jane
know at email@example.com
. In the meantime, please understand this is part of today's world. I
am sorry you see the offensive post titles but this seems to be a major
problem in email and groups over which we have no control. Skip past
them to what you need and move on. This will not alleviate you of your
course requirements for posts and discussions. We have to deal with it
too on our end until we find something better.
Friday, January 23. 2015
Monday, January 19. 2015
All students in rotations should refrain from participating in
patient assessment and management in cases of known or likely
infectious/contagious disease. However, all students should be prepared
to inadvertently come in contact with infectious/contagious diseases
and not all clinical or field sites will supplyall necessary PPE. Each
student should purchase the below items prior to attending any rotations
and take these items with you to rotations in case they are needed and
not supplied. Items required for more serious potential exposures (N95
fitted masks, PAPR, etc.) are not required but should be considered for
purchase and fitting by the student to avoid inadvertent exposures.
SOME sites may require that the student produce evidence of fit testing
for N95 masks and provide those masks, gowns and other PPE. Students
may be blocked by the site even though he/she is scheduled if the site
requires these items, and the student does not have them. It is
impossible for PERCOM Clinical Faculty to know when sites do this so you
may be required to reschedule at another site if this occurs. The
following list is a MINIMUM and does not include every item you could
need but should be purchased and taken to rotations in case. Some items
may be purchased at local pharmacies or Walmart but all is available
through online purchasing though buyemp.com.
Gloves - latex or other approved medical gloves if latex allergy exists
Fluid impervious gown, shoes covers
Surgical masks with shields or surgical masks and goggles
N95 masks (should be fit tested to ensure infectious agents are blocked from entering mouth or nose)PERCOM
students acknowledge in the Student Agreement that they may come in
contact with infectious disease and may even become ill from contact and
hold PERCOM, its clinical sites, its preceptors, instructors, medical
directors, faculty, administration, etc harmless from liability.
However, this is one reason why you are required to have and maintain
health insurance during rotations. Should you receive an exposure,
contact your Clinical Coordinator and/or the Program Director
immediately for guidance and follow the exposure guidelines at the site
where the exposure occurred.
Sunday, December 21. 2014
Thursday, December 11. 2014
A friend of mine, Stacy Gregory, who is a flight nurse and paramedic was asked "What is the worst thing you have ever seen." She gave a very good answer on Facebook basically stating that is impossible to name one thing that was the "worst" she had ever seen. I responded to her comments, which I admired. Here is my response:
Well, I have been in EMS for 28 years and applaud Stacy's response. We have all felt the same way throughout out careers. I remember that I was in the back of an ambulance beginning to start an IV on a female adult who had been in a bad auto accident. As I was kneeling beside her, someone open the side door of the ambulance and yelled, "You need to work on her very hard. She is one of our police officer's wife." My jaws tightened. My face turned red. I was pissed! I never looked to see who said that because I probably would have said something I shouldn't have. In my mind I was thinking, "I worked hard on EVERY patient, be they red, yellow, black, or white. It makes no difference. My job is to attempt to save a life or make the life better. That is what I do with all of my patients." And, I know that is what all EMS providers do or they would not choose that profession. Now I will get down off of my soapbox. Love you Lori and Stacy, and all of the other EMS personnel in the world.
Monday, December 1. 2014
Thursday, October 30. 2014
Click on the attached weblink and read a very interesting article regarding EMS care today. It will make you open your eyes!
Tuesday, October 21. 2014
following schedule in hopes of speeding things up and getting students
Monday - all scheduling
Tuesday - mailing out all student packages and resetting tablets.
Wednesday - monitoring and updating spreadsheets.
Thursday - internal paperwork for Percom.
Friday - Uploading files to server and clearing students from clinical
If I complete the work for a day then I will go back to previous day and
catch up on anything not completed the day before. This should speed
things up. But this does mean that all students will need to plan accordingly.
Monday, October 13. 2014
Below I am posting a website which is being published by the Texas Department of State Health Services. I urge each and every student to open this website and read the documents contained within the site. We don't want anyone to not be prepared for any possible exposure to ebola or not be prepared to care for a patient who might have the disease. Your personal safety is of utmost importance. I urge that you read all of the document within the website. If you are on hospital or ambulance rotations, always use Universal Precautions. Be careful. We do not want you, or anyone else for that matter, to be come a victim of the disease. RICHARD ADAMS