Miles Hackney

Miles Hackney
Miles is Lead Lab Instructor, MedEd Instructor, and Associate Simulation Specialist for Best Practice Medicine. As a seasoned EMT with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Physical Sciences, he also works for Big Sky Ski Patrol and goes paragliding whenever he gets the chance.

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NREMT Practical Skills How-To: Extremity Splinting - Knee or Tibia/Fibula

Posted by Miles Hackney on July 01, 2019

Thanks for being a part of this awesome education community. Today we'll be continuing our exploration of splinting and immobilization of lower extremities. Remember, when performing any splinting intervention, we begin with manual stabilization of the injured part, followed by initial assessment of the patient's circulation, sensation, and movement (CSMs). Keep reading or watch our video to get the full scoop on splinting lower leg injuries. 

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Topics: Emergency Medical Training, EMT Training, EMS Training

NREMT Practical Skills How-To: Extremity Splinting - Ankle

Posted by Miles Hackney on June 24, 2019

Thanks for joining us! This is Miles with Best Practice Medicine. Today's post is another in our series covering extremity immobilization and splinting. In this, and the next few posts, we'll be covering immobilization of the lower extremities, including knees, ankles, and feet, and the upper and lower legs. Watch the video or read along below!

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Topics: Emergency Medical Training, EMT Training, EMS Training

Learning and Obtaining Patient Vital Signs: Part 3 of 3

Posted by Miles Hackney on May 21, 2019

So far in this series (view Part One here; Part Two here), we've given an overview of vital signs. In this next segment, we'll go into what they represent in terms of patient physiology and clinical significance. Watch the video below or keep reading to dive in.

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Topics: EMT Training, EMS Training, Vital Signs

Learning and Obtaining Patient Vital Signs: Part 2 of 3

Posted by Miles Hackney on May 13, 2019

This is the second installation of our 3-part overview of vital signs in pre-hospital settings. In this portion we will be talking about pulse oximetry, blood glucometry and the mental assessment scale AVPU. To review the content in the first installment on vitals check out our previous blog post: Learning and Obtaining Vitals Pt. 1 of 3. Watch our video below or keep reading for more.

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Topics: Emergency Medical Training, EMS Training, Vital Signs

Learning and Obtaining Patient Vital Signs: Part 1 of 3

Posted by Miles Hackney on May 06, 2019

Obtaining a good set of vitals early and often is a key role of pre-hospital life support professionals as it provides a trend to contextualize patient improvement or deterioration. Whether you're a brand new EMT or a seasoned EMS professional these are the fundamentals you want to learn and master. Today, we're going to be doing a brief overview of fundamental vital signs, what they represent, why they're important to our clinical practice, and how to obtain them. (Watch the video below or keep reading!).

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Topics: Emergency Medical Training, EMT Training, EMS Training

How to Perform a Rapid Trauma Assessment

Posted by Miles Hackney on April 03, 2019

Want to learn the ins and outs of performing a Rapid Trauma Assessment (RTA)? This vital skill for all EMT and EMS professionals is also invaluable for anybody in compromising emergency medical situations. Learn how to assess unresponsive individuals in the event that you witness or come upon a traumatic accident. A proper RTA can give Emergency Responders critical information when they arrive, and consists of a quick inventory of all the body systems to identify injured ones. Read on or watch the video below.

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Topics: Emergency Medical Training, EMT Training, EMS Training

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