Month: June 2020

What is a virtual skill test for CPR?

CPR skills, particularly chest compressions, need to be practiced and evaluated to ensure that high-quality CPR is delivered when it is needed in an emergency. Amid COVID-19 precautions, the American Heart Association (AHA) rightfully continues to require skill evaluations using an instrumented manikin that provides feedback on the participant’s performance of chest compressions. Certification in …

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The Calm Before the Storm: Life as a flight paramedic in the COVID-19 era

It started way back in January when I started noticing the people at my base getting sick; hacking up a lung, going home with fevers and just generally being uncharacteristically miserable. Then the patients seemed to be getting sicker, which isn’t all that unusual as a flight medic – most of our patients are sick …

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