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.
Last month (Feburary 8) we ran an EMS refresher course for a fantastic group of EMTs and Paramedics here at our training campus in Bozeman. As a part of that training refresher, we created a full-on dynamic, emergency medical, rescue task force simulation based around a post active-shooter scenario. It included realistic props, obscure environments, and volunteer actors/trained medical professionals wearing full moulage makeup. This kind of hyper-realistic, immersive, simulation based education helps teams prepare mentally and physically for high consequence encounters.
“We need the most experienced intubator, right now!!...”
The panic and tears in the patient's eyes is alarming. A lethal combination of pain, hypoxia, low dose paralytics and chaos contribute to her tachycardia, tears, cold clammy skin, rapidly dropping oxygen concentration, and terror.
Our flight team sizes up the case quickly. The patient received the wrong RSI medication package; she is not adequately paralyzed and is partially conscious. Multiple semi awake intubations have been attempted by no fewer than three health care providers, rendering the previously a-traumatic airway bloody and swollen.