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. In this edition, Scott discusses some best practices and the importance of taking to time to care for yourself and some best practices to keep in mind in the field.

EMS advice: VOMIT and more

In this weeks’ edition of Thursday isms, Scott went over some EMS advice sent in by a fellow EMS provider and Distance CME instructor.

You can remember the first bit of EMS advice with an acronym: VOMIT. It stands for vital signs, O2, monitor, IVIO, transport. Always remember these five steps of the patient care process!

Scott also talked about scene safety. When it comes to helping patients undergoing a psychological episode, use your best judgement. Different EMS will give you different advice. Just practice good scene safety and know that different people need to different responses in these circumstances.

Another great piece of advice Scott discussed regarded infant care. Children, especially infants, need specialized care. So remember, if you’re comfortable, the infant you’re helping is cold. Crank up the heat!

We hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of Thursday isms! Thanks for tuning in and see you next time!

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