We received the below story from a recent EMT-B graduate of Landmark Learning. Thanks for sharing Brian. Nice work!
After my EMT class ended several weeks ago, I wondered when I’d have call to use all the great training you’ve provided me. I got an answer this last weekend.
I was a spectator at the second day of a swim meet. By noon, the weather was in the mid-90s and very humid. A teenaged female swimmer, who had recently completed her second race of the day, collapsed into the arms of another parent. I was called to the scene by a coach who knew I had EMT training.
I confirmed that EMS had been called, fixed the O2 mask, and then “gently” inserted myself into the situation and began assessing the girl. The girl was disoriented, irritable, combative, and confused. She was drifting between A+0×1 and 3. The girl’s respirations and heart rate were within normal ranges, so we repositioned her to lower her head, but watched her carefully for signs of nausea out of concern for vomiting creating an airway obstruction.
I worried about her being on a narrow bleacher bench in case we had to perform CPR, but because there were several people supporting her on each side, I decided that leaving her where she was, was best for the time being. Her mom was present and I got a good SAMPLE history and ran through OPQRST with the girl and her mom.
The girl had eaten a light breakfast and hadn’t had more than six ounces to drink since then. I next did a rapid physical exam. After my assessment I gave 911 dispatch a report and they dispatched a paramedic unit to join the EMT unit already en route. EMS arrived and I gave my report to one of the EMTs, and then backed off, but they continued to ask me questions about her history and status changes while I had been caring for her. They got a normal EKG, and transported her with O2 and IV fluids. She improved as the afternoon wore on and was discharged that evening.
Thanks to Landmark for providing me the skills to make a difference in this young lady’s care! – Brian Sparks
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