Help with static cardiology
Posted 29 July 2007 - 06:22 PM
Here is my story. Graduated from paramedic school, did alright. I took my national practical test, and passed 11 out of 12 stations "flawlessly" (per the DOH rep). The last station of the day was static cardiology. It was late, I was pretty tired, but confident.
I went into the room, and knew the proctor. My mind went out of control. Every rhythm and every protocol was running through my brain at the same time. I could identify the strip, but what I thought and what I said were two different things.
I failed. Now, I should have filed a grievance, as the cards were quite old, ink was faded, and the lamination very cloudy. I did not find out later that many did not pass that station, and there was an issue with the same cards at the last test.
Against my better judgement, I retested the same day, other strips from the same old, faded set. I failed.
On Thursday, I retested static, and my mind became a blur again. This time, a different location with different cards. I failed.
Obviously, I have an issue with the static cardiology station. I am not a brain, but obviously stayed awake long enough in class to pass dynamic, as well as ACLS and PALS.
Can anyone offer any assistance in surmounting my "phobia"?
Does NREMT offer an alternative testing style?
Posted 30 July 2007 - 04:27 AM
Posted 30 July 2007 - 06:35 AM
Stating you passed AHA ACLS and PALS is not credit as well, We all know the credibility of such is not worthy and really hardly no-one fails those courses anymore.
What I do suggest is to make flash card style of ECG's, even those with poor tracing. Better if you can convince someone else to do it., so you will not be "memorizing" strips. There are plenty of strips on the Internet, one can paste and copy.
Get plenty and only allow small amount of time for interpretation, using the usual and proper measure of interpretation. Usually < 30 seconds. Study hard and practice.
Posted 23 August 2007 - 04:08 PM
By reading it thoroughly you will also catch anything buried in the middle of the scenario...such as 33 y/o male found stabbed in a bar, he's warm, dry, pulseless, apneic, oh yeah...PEA
Lastly...take a few deep breaths...if you're hypoxic, you're patient will be too!
Good Luck and study hard
Posted 23 August 2007 - 08:15 PM
You can also just practice yourself. Practice relaxing the hell out of yourself (look up techniques online), then go through the test in your mind again with vivid detail, repeat a a few dozen times. It's basically classic desensitization.
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