In class, we've been wrapping up materials related to medical emergencies, which cover all the major body systems, from cardiology to respiratory, endocrine to neurological. We've even touched on psychiatric emergencies, which may or may not have an associated underlying medical cause. and thus require us to keep an open mind when evaluating and caring for those in need.
As an example, we ran an exercise in class where one student pretended to be both intoxicated and arrested, but in truth was suffering from impairment of their airway due to the position in which they were being held by police (and, of course, exacerbated by the effects of alcohol as well, which depressed their nervous system to the point of stupor).
The goal of the exercises was to reinforce our responsibilities to ensuring the critical ABC's (airway, breathing, and circulation) remain viable, rather than allowing situational or prejudicial assumptions override our training. In this case, the presence of police and the expectations of a patient in an intoxicated state shouldn't have shifted the students focus from a patient exhibiting 'snoring respirations', which is a sign of airway compromise requiring immediate action to address.
We're also covering gynecological emergencies in this section on medical emergencies, and it is because of the sensitive and personal nature of these issues that we are always seeking more women EMTs to join our squad.