Friday, October 30, 2009

Hi, I'm Unresponsive!

Last night, in spite of (ok BECAUSE of) The Cough, I acted as a spare victim for the EMT class on campus. My friend Meg was assisting with teaching, and needed a person upon which to demonstrate a Rapid Trauma Assessment. As I cannot currently run away, that person was me.

The RTA involves touching just about everywhere quite rapidly on a person, palpating and skimming to look for "DCAP-BTLS"- deformitites, contusions, abrasions, punctures, burns, tenderness, lacerations, swelling. Essentially, it's summed up as "well THATS not good". Meg is a rockstar, and was demonstrating to these VERY nervous students how you can do a complete assessment without your victim feeling sexually harassed. It helps that they dont make the students strip the mock victims, although one girl was HORRIFIED to learn that we strip ALL trauma patients. He he he he he!

I only vaguely remember being that green. The problem with those of us who are nursing students as well as EMTs is that we keep adding to our field assessments- no longer is it "lungs clear and equal bilaterally", its "lungs CTA, decreased at the bases, suspect atalectasis from stasis"

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