Tuesday, October 14, 2008

EMS Nostalgia day



The prehospital medical director from Scripps Health asked if I'd do a presentation for the continuing education day. She wanted me to compare Advanced Cardiac Life Support (all the stuff paramedics do for someone in cardiac arrest) 'then and now'. By 'then' she meant when I started out; there has been quite a few changes, but everything I came up with, comparing protocols and such, was just....boring as hell. Last thing I wanna do is get up in front of 50 peers and be boring. So, I didn't go back 22 years. I went back 3,500 years, and chronicled all the things people tried to resuscitate others through the years. Protocols like covering the deceased with burning dung to re-warm the body. Blowing strong tobacco smoke up their.....(There's a long tube in your body with an opening at each end. It wasn't the mouth) and so on. Thank God for Google image search.
It went well and was well received, and they want me to give it again...Rick Kendrick, (inventor of the 'Kendrick Extrication Device') spoke before me....Not exactly a hard act to follow.
UCSD Paramedic Class 36. Only 9 passed. 3 of those 9 counting myself work for San Diego. 2 for poway, 1 for a private ALS provider. Not sure where everyone else ended up

3 comments:

Tina said...

Good job. It definitely sounds like a better presentation than what you were originally going to do. Hmm. Maybe that's why you're one of the few that passed?

I'm taking my CPR recertification today. I think my First Aid is up in March...

:)

Lee said...

Blowing strong tobacco smoke up their.....

Is still used today, but not for any kind of EMS, It’s used by politicians to their constituents.

Scot said...

That's funny: just last weekend I was wondering about the origins of the expression "blowing smoke up my..." Turns out your medical research is one and the same.