Two weeks of class are under my belt, and I'm feeling kind of good. There is certainly a lot of material being covered, and a whole bunch of practical exercises so we can practice skills until they become second nature. Ashley even described the practical exercises as "fun," even while they are designed to get you to think critically about patient care, teamwork and communication.
The first couple of lectures focused on the background of the Emergency Medical Service system(s) and how they are organized, plus legal aspects including privacy and documentation.
Practical skills focused on lifting and moving patients, and use of backboards, stretchers and stair chairs. The one from Striker Medical that we carry in our rigs is pictured here..