Partum and peri-partum calls don’t happen all that often, but as an EMS professional you can expect to respond to the type of case described above at least few times in your career.
In 1986 the CDC began tracking pregnancy-related deaths and since collecting this data rates have more than doubled. Although we may not realize it, the United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any highly developed nation, according to the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM). Few nations beside the USA have a rising maternal mortality rate, amongst them are Afghanistan and Sudan.
The tones drop, you get to the rig, lights and siren scream out. You are on your way to a 5-month-old baby. Dispatcher says its an “unknown medical” call.
You get on scene and are met by frantic family members. You and your partner get into the house and the mother is crying. In between her sobs she’s begging you to save her baby. When you finally get to the child, you see that it is seizing. Then it stops. There is nothing. No movement and no breathing.
We’ve all been there — that patient whose circumstance, behavior or personality really makes us question our career choice. Perhaps it is a belligerent intoxicated homeless person or a very demanding, loud and aggressive person with a seemingly minor complaint. I’ll admit, there are times that I just want to walk away. It is easy to get angry. Expeditious to be dismissive. The challenge for me is to find a way forward and not react to a seemingly “bad” patient.
After careful consideration, we've decided to start our expansion with a patient type that increases anxiety for everyone: an infant. Meet "the baby" -- it's cute, it cries, it has respiratory distress and other realisitic depictions of emergency medical conditions.
We here MedCognition are dedicated to providing the best training tools for prehospital and EMS professionals. We want to make sure that you have terrific training tools so that you can provide the best care for your patients.
The time for harvesting the benefits of augmented reality (AR) has arrived after decades of development in research labs. The confluence of affordable hardware and powerful software has made the possibilities as limitless as the human imagination.
Medical practice isn't just the regurgitation knowledge and doing procedures. The critical component is having the understanding, judgement and cognitive skill to apply the knowledge and motor skills in the appropriate context. Metacognition is the knowledge and awareness of one's own thought processes. The more aware a medical provider is of their thought processes, their limitations and strengths, the more effective that medical provider can be.
Mixed reality has allowed us to bring you a simulator that is affordable, portable and realistic. That realism isn't just a collection of awesome animations, but also in where you can use it -- nearly any operational environment. This combination allows for nearly limitless training scenarios…
Maybe you're confused. I certainly have been and I work in this industry. There are a bunch of different acronyms floating around to describe how computers can be used to create images to represent a simulated reality. "VR" or virtual reality is just what it sounds like: a reality that is completely virtual. "AR" or augmented reality is "computer assisted reality". So, what is "mixed reality"?
After meeting hundreds of pre-hospital professionals at the 2017 Texas EMS Conference, we are excited to announce that we are beginning to accept pre-orders for the PerSim Medical Patient Simulator for expected delivery in Spring 2018. While we're working hard to bring you PerSim, we're also making preparations to make it even better with a vastly expanded animation library and patient types. Stay tuned for more details.
Our trip to Washington DC and the American College of Emergency Physician's Scientific Assembly was a success! We met people from a variety of disciplines -- EMS, rural emergency departments, military, academic training programs -- who gave us some great thoughts on the PerSim.
We're heading to Washington DC this weekend to attend the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Scientific Assembly. This is the largest meeting dedicated to emergency medicine on the planet.
Well, it's been an eventful few months. We're working very hard to bring the PerSim™ to you in the coming weeks. Not only does that include writing code and getting the hardware working, we also have to develop business agreements, figure out how to package the system so that not only does arrive on your door safely, but you can also move it to different training events with the peace of mind that your simulator will be safe and sound. So, lots of little details to go, but the list is getting shorter!
I want to give you a peek behind the curtain and show you what we're working on. So, here's a quick tour: