Medical Training

CPR Basics

CPR has the ability to save lives, so it is important to know what to do in an emergency. Having your employees learn CPR can help everyone in your company stay safer. Keep reading to learn a little more about CPR.
Before Performing CPR
If someone near you goes into cardiac arrest there are a few things you should do before starting CPR.

Start by checking to see if the person is unconscious. Then call 911 and give emergency responders detailed information. If you have someone with you one person should call while the other helps the person in cardiac arrest.

If an AED is available, get it and carefully follow the instructions on the device to give the patient one shock before beginning CPR.

If you have no training, you can still perform hands-only CPR. If you’ve been trained, you should begin normal CPR as quickly as possible

What is Hands-Only CPR?
The American Heart Association recommends performing hands-only CPR if you don’t know how to perform regular CPR. It can still save lives. To perform hands-only CPR, call 911 to get medical help on the way. Then push hard and fast on the center of the person’s chest. The American Heart Association suggests using the song “Stayin’ Alive” to pace yourself. Pushing to the beat of this song is the right speed.

Normal CPR Basics
While hands-only CPR is a good option if there is nothing better, regular CPR is even better. The basics of CPR include chest compressions, checking the airway, and rescue breathing.

If you’ve been trained, put the person on their back on a firm surface and put the heel of your hand in the center of the person’s chest. Then place your other hand on top of […]

December 15th, 2015|Medical Training|Comments Off on CPR Basics|

Preventing Medical Errors

Medical errors are all too common, and all too often, medical errors become deadly. One study in 2013 put medical errors as the 3rd leading cause of death in America, right behind heart disease and cancer. Hopefully the numbers aren’t actually that high, but they are higher than they should be. To reduce the number of medical errors (and especially fatal errors) patients and medical providers need to work together to keep health care safer.
What Patients Can Do
There are a few steps that patients can take to prevent problems with health care.

Always be honest with your doctors, even if it is embarrassing. Tell them about any medications you are taking and any prior health issues you’ve had.
Ask questions and be informed. You should be able to respect and trust your health care providers, but it is also important to understand things for yourself. If your doctor prescribes something, find out what it does and how it works. When you pick it up at the pharmacy, don’t be afraid to double check the medicine given and make sure it is correct.
Always follow the instructions given by your doctor and listed on medications.
Seek a second or third opinion for serious issues, especially if you are uncomfortable with your experience or if your doctor doesn’t communicate well with you.

What Medical Providers Can Do
Medical providers have extensive training to help them do the best job possible. The following steps can help you keep your patients safer:

Keep detailed records and check them whenever starting something new.
Avoid overworking yourself or your team. People are much more likely to make errors if they are tired, unfocused, or hungry. Taking care of yourself is one of […]

November 15th, 2015|Medical Training|Comments Off on Preventing Medical Errors|

The AED: A Device Everyone Should Know How To Use

An automated external defibrillator (or AED) is a simple, but powerful medical device that everyone should know how to use. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, but using a defibrillator quickly and correctly can help save lives in an emergency.

Keep reading to learn more:
When Is It Unsafe To Use A Defibrillator?
A defibrillator should not be used if the person is still breathing or if they still have a pulse. They are also not usually safe to use on children under 1 year of age.
When Should A Defibrillator Be Used?
If you see someone collapse, call 911 immediately, or send someone else to call while you check on the person in distress.

Check to see if they are breathing, make sure nothing is blocking their airway, and check for a pulse.

Once you have confirmed that they are actually in cardiac arrest, it is time to use the defibrillator in conjunction with CPR.
How Do You Use A Defibrillator?
Have another person continue CPR while you prepare the defibrillator.

Make sure the unconscious person is dry.
Turn on the AED and follow the accompanying instructions precisely. In most cases you’ll be instructed to attach cables for pads to the machine.
Make sure the chest area is clear. Remove the patient’s shirt and any metal jewelry. If a woman is wearing a bra with an underwire, that will need to be removed as well. In some cases it may be necessary to shave some areas of the chest. Check for a pacemaker or other implanted device that could cause interference.
Once the patient’s chest is clear, attach the pads to the chest. One pad should be attached on the right side below the collarbone. […]

August 11th, 2015|Medical Training|Comments Off on The AED: A Device Everyone Should Know How To Use|

Why is Protective Equipment Important During Surgery?

At our facilities, we use top-notch protective equipment. While you may or may not be training on a human specimen, it’s important to simulate your working environment.

There are a number of different protective equipment pieces that are essential to performing any medical procedure. Below is a list of the most basic items and when they should be worn:

Masks – A sufficient mask spans from the bridge of the nose to under the chin. It protects both the patient from any particles originating in the surgeon’s mouth and nose, as well as the surgeon from spatter from the patient. The patient is extremely exposed during surgery. Largely for their protection, a mask is one of the most crucial pieces of protective equipment. Masks should not be reused, as the collected debris could be harmful to future patients.

Goggles – Protective eyewear serves a similar purpose as a mask. However, goggles mostly protect the surgeon from blood, mucus, and other bodily fluids. The eyes are highly susceptible to absorbing toxins into the body. Make sure that they’re properly covered.

Gloves – A surgeon’s hands are his/her best tools. Keep them safe from potentially harmful bodily fluids by wearing gloves. The hands also carry quite a bit of bacteria and are often the first point of contact with other surfaces. Gloves will keep patients clean while they’re exposed during surgery.

Apparel – Some sort of protective smock can keep the remainder of a surgeon’s body clean of blood, mucus, and other bodily fluids during surgery. Make sure that the sleeves overlap the gloves for full coverage.

The overall cleanliness of the operating room is largely based on the surgeons, assistants, and equipment that enter the space. Clean protective equipment is essential. […]

June 15th, 2015|Medical Training|Comments Off on Why is Protective Equipment Important During Surgery?|

Training After Medical School

Any field receives updates and new technologies long after you may have finished schooling, and the medical field is no exception. Whether you are trying to catch up with the changes that have been made since you left school, or you’re simply trying to expand your skill set and your offered services, there will come a time when you need extra training.
Whether you are a physician, a nurse, or any other type of medical practitioner, your job will revolve around using medical devices and implants on live patients in various stages of health and illness. Because you are taking people’s lives into your hands, it is very important for you to fully understand the product and the procedure. You need to feel confident, and your patient needs to feel confident in you too.
The Steps to Get There
Before a new product is approved for use in a surgical setting, there is a long road of development and financing. A product needs to be thought up, produced, tested and tweaked. And just as the product is tested before being implemented for general use, you should be too.
New technologies require new training. This honors the long process that came before to get the product approved, but it also makes it much more likely that its use will be a success. You do not want to make any mistakes on a live patient, and so just as the product itself needs to be tested and tried, you need to have thorough training on how to properly use medical implants and devices before you start using them in your live practice on the people you care for.
How We Can Help
If you want to set up a training course for […]

June 15th, 2015|Medical Training|Comments Off on Training After Medical School|

So You Want to Be a Hero: How to Become an EMT

An EMT, or emergency medical technician, are the medical professionals who work on ambulances. They are the ones responding to a lot of emergency calls and dealing with serious trauma and accidents. EMTs have really only been around since the 1970s, but although they are young, they are an essential part of our modern health care system. Their quick thinking and response help to save hundreds and thousands of lives each year. They are quite literally heroes.
So how can you become an EMT? The requirements vary from state to state, but all trainings must meet minimum standards set by the federal government. Essentially, you need to find out what your state’s requirements are, and then complete a training program in order to receive your EMT certification.
The 4 Levels of Being an EMT
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (the department responsible for EMT certification, due to car accidents) recognizes four different skill levels in EMT training and certification.
1. EMT-B or EMT
This is the entry level. These responders are trained to stop bleeding, administer oxygen, administer pressure, and take care of basic splinting. They have spent at least 110 hours in training.
2. EMT-I/85 or Advanced EMT
This intermediate EMT level is often overlooked by states. Many states have training programs that take EMTs straight from basic tasks to the paramedic level, covering the skills in the middle but not giving out an additional certification for them. This level requires at least 200 hours in training.
3. EMT-I/99 or Paramedic
Now most often grouped with paramedics, this level is the advanced intermediate stage. They receive additional training time and are able to administer IVs and monitor cardiac systems. They often have 200-400 hours in training.
4. EMT-P or Paramedic
Paramedics are the […]

May 15th, 2015|Medical Training|Comments Off on So You Want to Be a Hero: How to Become an EMT|

Multiple Benefits of Small-Incision Surgery

Multiple Benefits of Small-Incision Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery involves using state-of-the-art, specially designed instruments to perform sophisticated surgery through small incisions in the body. In many cases, these advanced techniques are replacing traditional open surgery completely.

The benefits of minimally invasive approaches over more extreme surgery are many. There is significant reduction in blood loss, scarring and pain, which means less pain medication. Hospital stay, recovery and rehabilitation time are also drastically reduced.

Please state that the facilities can be used to train surgeons and students on these procedures.

May 4th, 2015|Medical Training|Comments Off on Multiple Benefits of Small-Incision Surgery|

Have the All Clear to Yell “Clear”: Defibrillator Training

You’ve seen it on TV, and now you want to learn how to use one. Defibrillators are an important medical device and are surprisingly easy to use. They have to be, as they are so useful. In fact, there are defibrillators all over the place out in public in case of emergencies. Here’s what you need to know about using defibrillators and being trained.

What is a Defibrillator?
Technically known as an automated external defibrillator, or AED, these devices are placed on a person’s chest, where they monitor heart rates. If the rate is irregular or slow and requires a shock, the defibrillator will automatically know and advise its user on the next course of action.

This means that with very little training a person can effectively use an AED, as the machine will actually talk to the rescuer want to do and how to respond.

More Than Just Technology
However, even though an AED is easy to use and will often tell you what to do, you still need to be trained. The operator must be able to recognize cardiac arrest and know basic CPR, among other things. Even if you feel confident in how to use an AED, it is important to receive training and repeat it every few years (if you are not using an AED regularly) so that you feel comfortable under pressure. Any defibrillator situations will require you to make important snap judgments that will affect someone’s life. You need to know how to work the model you are using in your sleep, and you need to know which situations are potentially harmful or even deadly.

Getting Certified
Learning how to use a defibrillator is easy. Simply look up a course online; often these are offered […]

April 15th, 2015|Medical Training|Comments Off on Have the All Clear to Yell “Clear”: Defibrillator Training|

Why Does Your Practice Need Continuous Training?

Medical technology is constantly changing. Patients want non-invasive procedures more and more, and the equipment and techniques medical professionals use are evolving to meet those needs. Granted, the tools are also more precise and detail oriented to provide better procedures than in decades past.
For Doctors
What does this mean for you? As a surgeon or doctor, you’ve likely been highly trained on the available equipment while you were in medical school or completing your residency. But new technology becomes available every day. Med Ed Labs wants to help you have the best training possible on the most current equipment.

Are considering a new device to incorporate into your practice? Check whether you can give it a try first to make the most informed decision. Perhaps you’ve already purchased a new piece of equipment but it’s not used very often at your clinic. Use one of the training facilities from Med Ed Labs to get some practice before your next applicable patient.
For Staff
Your medical practice is likely comprised of staff with varying levels of training. Perhaps you’ve employed physician assistants and nurses at your private practice. Maybe your hospital staff includes emergency medical technicians. Or your clinical lab possibly utilizes radiation technicians who specialize in MRI and CAT-scans.

All of these professionals can benefit from additional training. Bring them all up to speed on current and brand new equipment. Your practice or facility will surely benefit from having a top-notch staff.
For Patients
Okay, okay! Patients won’t be coming into a Med Ed Lab to train on medical equipment. But as a medical professional, they’re your primary focus. Why not become the best provider you can be? With the best continuous training, you’ll have the healthiest patients with the smoothest […]

March 14th, 2015|Medical Training|Comments Off on Why Does Your Practice Need Continuous Training?|

How Can You Become an Ultrasound Technician?

If you want to go into the medical field but don’t nursing or medical school is the right way for you, you should consider becoming an ultrasound technician. Although most commonly associated with seeing babies before they are born, ultrasounds can and are used throughout the medical field in a variety of ways. They are right at the forefront of expectant joy and of serious diagnoses.

What Exactly Does an Ultrasound Technician Do?
An ultrasound technician is kind of like the scout that goes ahead before the main army. Their job mostly involves observation, but it is very important for the success of the following team of doctors. They not only capture images using sound waves, but they select and even evaluate the best images. They take measurements and make calculations, all to help give the doctor the information he or she needs to make the right diagnosis and treatment plan as quickly as possible.

This important range of activities means that any sonographer must be thoroughly trained in multiple areas. They must know how to use and care for the ultrasound equipment. They must have a thorough knowledge of anatomy, terminology, how to care for and interact with patients, and even common medical problems that are associated with conditions that may require an ultrasound. As they are often the only ones in the room with, for example, an expectant young couple, the ultrasound technician will be the first one in line for questioning.

What Formal Training Is Necessary?
Because of the wide range of skills required, almost all hospitals or clinics will only hire those who have undergone serious training and certification. There are many different degree and certification programs available throughout the country. Most of these are […]

February 15th, 2015|Medical Training|Comments Off on How Can You Become an Ultrasound Technician?|