Sunday, December 4, 2011

Scenarios, part 2: resources

Meant to add this to the post yesterday, but forgot, so here it is today.

I got myself a whole book of scenarios to practice with.
It's called Patient Assessment Practice Scenarios by Les Hawthorne.

Wasn't too terribly expensive, either, but you might want to split the cost with someone if you have the option.

There are a total of 150 scenarios, split 50/50 medical and trauma.
It includes the NREMT practical skill sheets.
They are set up for someone to serve as the "proctor," but you don't have to use them that way.
They have information on them to adapt the scenario to ALS or BLS.
There is space to add notes.

There are some things in them that don't quite match up with protocols or SOPs here, but that's easily adapted.

Overall, it's a huge, easily accessible resource of ready-made scenarios.

You can also use them as a template to creating your own.
You can, for example, take any call you've ever gone on, and write it up as a practice scenario.
You can create scenarios for calls that are particularly likely to happen in your area.
You can use it as a guide for call reviews: how SHOULD the call have gone?
Just like any written piece of music, you can use it as a base for improvisation. What if we change THIS detail, or add THAT information? How would that change things, if at all?

There are other books available as well; that just happens to be the one I have.

The library at the New York State Academy of Fire Science will lend books, by mail, at no cost. Even though technically it's a fire service library, there are a lot of EMS books there. They don't currently have this particular book, but could probably get it if requested.

Search their online catalog, or contact the librarian to ask for what you are interested in. She's the best!

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