For You EMS Newbies…

… Episode 59 is up on Confessions of An EMS Newbie.

Ron learns the basics of infarct recognition using a 12-lead ECG, and I make the point that infarct recognition is only a small facet of 12 lead interpretation. We talk about inhaled corticosteroids in asthma, the value of mean arterial pressure, and how to buff your resume and sanitize your social media presence before looking for a job. Somewhere in there, Ron crosses over to the Littmann Dark Side and abandons the One True Stethoscope.

You Newbies these days and your 12-lead ECG and your CPAP and your fancy schmancy cardiology stethoscopes. In my day, we made do with a LifePak 5 and a non-rebreather, and when we wanted to hear heart or lung sounds, we put our ear to the patient's chest and listened. And when we finally did get a cheap Sprague-Rappaport stethoscope, by God, we were grateful.