For all the EMT's out there i am in EMT-B class in Pa and i made it to the "practical". What is the practical i know that you have to perform skills in front of the state but thats all i know about it. Is there anything else to know and what is the test like after the practical. Is it easy hard how long should i study/how much should i study and any tips on them?

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Comment by Zach Pfeifer on March 16, 2011 at 9:02pm
Passed my practical today now gotta worrie about the written test. study my a** off.
Comment by Zach Pfeifer on March 2, 2011 at 4:16pm
Finally found out that my test is on the 9th of march. So far but so little time to study.
Comment by Kate on February 26, 2011 at 10:19pm
just remember BSI/Scene safe and patient ABC's for all three stations.....trauma medical and CPR. plus all the other awesome accronyms. and TAKE A DEEP BREATH!
Comment by Zach Pfeifer on February 23, 2011 at 8:19pm
Thanks im have issuse remembering the opqrst scale. Thats the one i reeally need to remember.
Comment by S.Ruble on February 23, 2011 at 8:13pm
here is some acronyms that helped me i am a new emt

AVPU SCALE- Level of Consciousness

Awake and Alert
Verbal stimuli
Pain
Unresponsiveness

DCAP-BTLS- Patient Assessment

Deformities
Contusions
Abrasions
Punctures/Penetration

Burns
Tenderness
Lacerations
Swelling

TIC Acronym for Chest

Tenderness
Instability
Crepidness

PEARL

Pupils
Equal
And
Reactive to
Light

DCAP-BLS-TIC (This is a list of possible results of traumatic insult.)

Deformity
Contusions
Abrasions
Punctures, Paradoxical movement

Burns
Lacerations
Swelling

Tenderness
Instability
Crepitus

CTC (Circulation)

Color
Temp
Circulation

OPQRST- Key Terms

Onset
Provocation or Palliation
Quality
Region/Radiation
Severity
Timing of pain




SAMPLE

Symptoms
Allergies
Medications
Past medical
Last oral intake
Events preceding incident

PENMAN (Scene Size Up)

Personal/Partner/Patient Safety
Environmental Hazards
Number of Patients
Mechanism of Injury/Nature of Illness
Additional Resources Needed
Need for Extrication/Spinal Immobilization

MASH N CPR the different shocks

Metabolic
Anaphylaxis
Septic
Hemorrhagic
Neurogenic
Cardiac
Psychogenic
Respiratory







AEIOU-TIPS (This is a list of general causes of a reduced Level of Conciousness.)

Alcohol
Epilepsy
Insulin (Hypo/Hyperglycemia)
Overdose
Uremia
Trauma
Infarction (Cardiac or cerebral)
Poisoning, Psychological
Sepsis

APGAR:

Appearance: cyanosis--peripheral, central, none
Pulse: pulse rate
Grimace: response to stimulation
Activity: movement of the baby (muscle tone)
Respiration: respiratory rate

TICLS (assessing the pediatric patient for oxygenation failure and CNS dysfunction. patient's appearance.)

Tone
Interactiveness
Consolability
Look/gaze
Speech/cry




PMC (PED. Circulation to the skin)

Pallor
Mottling
Cyanosis

Fall: potential causes I'VE FALLEN:
Illness
Vestibular
Environmental
Feet/ Footwear
Alcohol and drugs
Low blood pressure
Low O2 states
Ears/ Eyes
Neuropathy

Shock: signs and symptoms TV SPARC CUBE:
Comment by Zach Pfeifer on February 23, 2011 at 3:56pm
I dont plan on working anywhere yet and my dept. doesnt require it. I most likly worrk on an ambulance in a yr or 2 if i get it and im looking into becoming a paid city fireman when i get outa school so i would want it for that. Besides im in this one school its called Vo-Tech and its firefighter ems and police. So im getting emt class for free.
Comment by Allan W. on February 22, 2011 at 9:51pm
Yes you will have them all. Most of them are maybe 10 minutes each. They want to see if you know your skills. The longest station is the trauma. A good way to approach each station is to verbalize out loud what you are doing and how you are going to do it. That way when you are doing the skills and by chance you miss a step but said that you were doing it they will let you slide on it. I took my exam and practical in '09 at Penn State Fayette campus. I had a blast in EMT class. Do you plan on working in EMS or does your company require it? I am in the Paramedic program now through Penn State.
Comment by Zach Pfeifer on February 22, 2011 at 9:33pm
Thanks that helps. So the practical you have all the cpr chokin trauma medical stations? All of them?
Comment by Allan W. on February 22, 2011 at 8:11pm
Congrats on getting to the praticals. You will have a CPR/choking station. This station tests your skill in CPR. The same station you will also have an alert patient choking then goes unresponsive. The next station will be trauma. My best advice for this one is to practice your long board and trauma skills. My scenerio for this one was a multiple vehicle accident. The medical station will very from stroke, heart attack to allergic reaction. A key thing to remember is the five steps: Scene safe, BSI, how many patients, nature of illness/mechanism of injury, ALS if needed. As for the written test it is 100 questions, multiple choice. Our instructor told us when you look at the answers one of them will be totally wrong, one will not even make sense, so that leaves you with two to chose from. Hope this helps you out. Good luck and stay safe.

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