Welcome to Thursday isms! In these videos, Scott McConnell, RN, BSN, CEN, NRP, EMS-I, and Distance CME co-founder, discusses various maxims of the EMS profession and dolls out some EMS advice. These maxims are sometimes serious, sometimes comical. But, no matter their nature, we hope you’ll find them helpful, or at least entertaining.

EMS advice from Scott

In this edition of Thursday isms, Scott went over a few humorous sayings and few more serious bits of EMS advice. Let’s dive into the serious advice a bit more

EMS advice 1:

There’s no such thing as a textbook case. As Scott said, he’s worked in EMS for over 25 years and has found this to be all too true. When you’re in the real-world patients won’t adhere to what you learned in class. They may attempt to refuse treatment so they don’t have to pay the ambulance fee or for some other reason that isn’t immediately obvious. The patient’s loved ones are panicking, asking questions, or, in the worst cases, even interfering. And the symptoms themselves may present in odd ways that you have to see in person or even read about in a book.

EMS advice 2:

Get very, very scared when a child becomes too quiet. Children are supposed to be loud. They vocalize their pain and sure that whoever is around to help knows about it. When a child gets quiet, that’s when you know something has gone seriously wrong. Maybe their unconscious, maybe they’re so scared they’ve gone into shock, or they’re suffering from a number other issues. Whatever the reason, make sure that child gets help fast.

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