Friday the 9th. I took 10.5 hours of vacation time to attend a trauma class. This is one of only a few classes that I have never taken in my EMS career. I guess if I want to play the game of titles and certs, I am kind of a hoarder. I like to have those little cards, you know, ACLS, PALS, BCLS, First Aid, EMT-Paramedic, NREMT paramedic, AMLS, ITLS, PHTLS, ATT, PEPP. Ok you get the point.
Today’s class is Assessment and Treatment of Trauma. The class is similar to PEPP a quick lecture, and lots of breakout groups to act out scenarios and talk about advances and treatments. This was a good pace. The schedule allowed to keep the lectures short, the groups weren’t stuck doing the same thing for too long, and we kept moving. It was actually hard to say that the class was boring.
The morning half was great, the break for lunch was perfectly timed. You could tell people needed fresh air and food. It was upon returning from lunch that things got quite boring.
For some reason and you find this in most classes. They try this whole “an RN can teach EMS people” UH sometimes this works out, today it did not. This RN who volunteered to teach a traumatic brain injury lecture appeared to be having a stroke. No seriously, it seemed that she wasn’t at all prepared and after a minute of rambling, she stopped and said these words. “I am sorry, I am not at all sure that I am teaching the right lecture.” Major fail.
We recovered, the 20 or so of us in the room aren’t idiots and shook our heads and gave her the look of “OK just get through this and quit embarrassing yourself.” It was tough. I didn’t learn anything at all from her. Nothing.
The head instructor taught the next quick lecture and got things back on track. We survived and at the end of the day, we all made it through. Another cert to add to the collection.