Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Slack-assed Blogging Made Easy for Lethargic People

CD in Play: The Police, Ghost in the Machine.

It is done — I am a Level II Occupational First Aid Attendant. It was a gruelling week with little sleep and too much information, but I made it and did well too. Actually, my practical exam was 1% higher than my written exam. One error really clipped my mark: I gave glucose to a type I diabetic in shock with a decreased level of consciousness (DLOC) while still conducting a primary survey of the patient. It is considered to be a non-critcal intervention at a critical stage of assessment. I just have one more thing to do and I have my certificate.

Current Attire: Zoot suit with a tanda hat and calcos shoes. Malcom X apperently described the zoot suit as, "a killer-diller coat with a drape shape, reet pleats and shoulders padded like a lunatic's cell."

Current Inner Cacophony: I have two songs clashing in my head. The Police song "Rehumanise Yourself" and The Jesus and Mary Chain's "Snakedriver".

Current Beverage: Dr. Pepper.

What I Plan to do on 06.05.30: Sleep soundly. Maybe grab coffee on Commercial Drive. Maybe. I do think I will either watch the original Insomnia or Ghost World at some point.

Current thought: Start sleeping now.


Blogger Geosomin said...

That's a pretty high mark from what I know of the course.

Groovy suit by the way...;)

30 May, 2006 14:26  
Blogger Magnus said...

Thanks! I figure I never actually wear anything all that exciting so why not just lie? My supervisor was pleased and surprised and a bit disappointed that I passed. Disappointed because that means transferring me off site to an OFA II site.

I will also be looking at a transport supplement to OFA II. Sort of gives me an OFA III without logging in the hours. (OFA III is 2 weeks and the supplement is an additional 8 hours) Essentially, I learn how to pack people for transport to hospital but don't get the in depth training on how to immobilize disloctaed shoulders etc.
Was talking to a paramedic who was encouraging me to take the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course instead of OFA III if I decide to go that route. The EMR's duties include: (# means I know how to do this. * means I want to know how to do this)

#Perform a standardized patient assessment
#Conduct a scene assessment
#Assess and manage life-threatening traumatic emergencies
#Assess and manage life-threatening medical emergencies
#Assess patient vital signs
Monitor patient blood pressure and pulse oximetry
#Conduct a secondary assessment #consisting of a physical examination, medical history, and vital signs
Conduct chest auscultation
#Administer CPR according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
#Perform basic wound and fracture management including the application of a Sager Splint
#Maintain airways and ventilation using Pocket Mask and Bag-Valve-Mask devices
Meet all Occupational First Aid Level III requirements
Conduct lifting, loading, extrication, and transportation of patients
Perform spinal immobilization and cervical immobilization
*Perform emergency childbirth
Perform oropharyngeal airway suctioning
Perform oxygen administration
Perform Automated External *Defibrillation (AED)
Maintain intravenous lines
*Administer the following oral, sublingual, or inhaled medications:
**Nitrous Oxide (Entonox)
ASA Aspirin


02 June, 2006 00:09  
Blogger Geosomin said...

Wow...that is a lot of stuff. You know a lot. The list is a bit daunting. I've got my CPR but that's it.
Would there be an advantage to you being an EMR over OFA III? I know out here EMT (SK's version of EMR) is awesome to have but I don't know as it transfers from province to province like the OFA training...I know it's a lot more in depth..more trauma based, according to a girl I knew who took her EMT. If it was me I'd do the OFA III and if I liked it, I'd to the EMT afterrwards. I know from where I work you'd see a lot of nasty things as an EMT (it takes getting used to..I've seen more than a few things I'd rather not have and I just see them afterwards in the morgue) but you get to help so many people. I imagine with OFA you'd have more options for work...

Where do you go with your new training? Is it like a super posh mall, or more of a health care facility or senior's home or sports stadium? I'm curious...

02 June, 2006 22:11  
Blogger Magnus said...

Somehow I would never have put CPR and Pathology together? ;)

I learned a lot, except for packing and OFA II only learns the most basic of immobilization techniques. I fully intend to attend further drill sessions because I fully intend to be on top of this - skills need to be used.

EMR CPR is more advanced, although in BC we won't be required to the ventilations as of September. Basically, the compressions are forcing enough air through the lungs and the lower mainland of BC currently has the highest rates of infection for Hepatitis B and C in the developed, or so-called 1st world.
Perform emergency child birth! If you and J change your mind and I take the EMR course... just a thought.

03 June, 2006 02:27  
Blogger RC said...

zoot suit...how fun and w/ a dr. pepper...you should be in an ad.

--RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

10 June, 2006 16:07  

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