Greg Whiteley is a retired Dallas firefighter/paramedic, respiratory therapist, and flight medic who works with Eagle Life Saving in Allen, Texas. He is also an EMS educator, and one of the things he teaches is running a code.
In the United States alone, over 80,000 people died in 2018 due to influenza and complications from influenza, which is a vaccine preventable disease. Measles, once thought to be eradicated in America, have made a reappearance in communities where parents are reluctant to vaccinate their children.
When you graduate from Nursing School, you think you have learned all the skills you need to be prepared for working in the real world. Whether you’re working in a hospital, nursing home, or doctor’s office you know all your hard work, all the classes, clinicals, late-night study groups, and tests have prepared you for what’s ahead.
Simulation education doesn’t end once a student leaves the classroom and enters the hospital as a healthcare provider. Medical professionals are using the tools and tactics with which they were taught, and educating patients, families, and caregivers for post-hospital care.
Once the tool of assassins and murderers, cyanide is now a highly regulated drug. However, while cyanide is hard to obtain for any type of political intrigue or anonymous poisoning (think of the still-unsolved 1983 Tylenol murders in Chicago), it is a toxic by-product of burning building materials. As such, EMS professionals and other first responders ...