EMS persevering with training has been modified endlessly over the course of the final 12 months. At UConn John Dempsey Hospital the place I’m the EMS coordinator, we maintain EMS CMES month-to-month. For years we held them in individual. Over time we bounced round from venue to the following coping with points like parking (for attendees and for these on obligation who wanted entry to their emergency autos when calls got here in), satisfactory house, skill to eat and drink throughout the CME, noise from renovations, unpredictable laptop gear, and conflicts with different conferences, to not point out winter climate storms. We had been by no means capable of finding the proper mixture that met everybody’s wants. On a very good day we’d get 50 folks.
Then COVID got here round and we had been pressured to go digital utilizing WEbex. Very quickly in any respect, we had 100 attendees, higher availability of audio system who can now educate from their works or dwelling desks, dependable and readable PowerPoints, no parking points, folks in a position to attend who by no means may earlier than. As an example, each month we have now Dr. David Banach, who I name Connecticut’s Faucci, our infectious illness physician, name in and reply our responders’ questions on COVID. It’s been nice.
After which alongside got here Refresh2021, the free on-line on demand nationwide refresher. I completed it this week. Thirty hours of training, most of it of the very best high quality from most of the high EMS educators within the nation, folks you usually must journey to a nationwide convention to listen to, folks like Paul Pepe and Corey Slovis, who I’ve seen earlier than and vastly admire. This system was put collectively by Tom Bouthillett, who was the person behind the EMS 12-lead weblog, who does an incredible job clearly explaining cardiac care.
I discovered new issues throughout this refresher. I’ve been in EMS for 32 years and a medic for 27, however there’s all the time stuff I don’t know. A few of it’s stuff I’ve forgotten, however a lot of it’s new. Props to all of the instructors and most of all to Tom for organizing this. What an incredible reward to all of us in EMS throughout this most tough 12 months.
For those who haven’t taken the category, I encourage you to enroll earlier than March 31 when the I imagine the course will now not be obtainable. Even in case you don’t plan of watching all 30 hours, there are a lot of wonderful lectures to select from.
My favourite lecture was Rommie Duckworth’s Immunological Emergencies, which centered on Anaphylaxis. I prefer it not as a result of he taught me something new, however as a result of he taught so properly and so clearly one thing that we educate again and again – the necessity for EMS to not hesitate or be afraid of giving epinephrine and the way life saving it’s in anaphylaxis.
Different lectures that I assumed had been dwelling runs had been Peter Antevy Pediatric cardiac Arrest, Tom Bouthilllet’s Acute Coronary Syndrome, Kenneth A Scheppke, Neurological Emergencies, and Douglas Kupas, Ambulance Security. There have been many extra that had been nice, however these ones had been significantly so.
I’m going to rewatch a lot of them earlier than their availability ends.
I shall be to see what comes subsequent. I can see our hospital presumably placing collectively lectures to be required for all our sponsored medics on matters of native significance. I may also see a bunch of educators/hospitals right here in Connecticut placing collectively applications for Connecticut responders. Most of all, I’m to see what Tom and his pals have for a second act on the nationwide stage.