Charles Swearingen is the group leader for Convene First Responders. He is a certified flight paramedic, and has worked a variety of disasters, including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He has set up the group MeduNerds in Convene First Responders and discusses how other first responders can use Convene for setting up training classes and more shared experience opportunities. One of the features of the Convene experience is you can write and/or take experiences anonymously.
Examples of experiences that are available right now
You have been called to a single-family home in a Raleigh neighborhood. The size of the structure is approximately 2800 sqft. Heavy smoke is showing on the ‘A’ Side of the second floor of the home. You have adequate personnel and water on this call.
You are part of a CCT crew that has been called to transport a patient to Mission Hospital. The crew makeup is one CCEMTP, one Paramedic, and one EMT. The crew has not worked together before but knows one another from around the station. The CCEMTP has recently been cleared to work independently. The Paramedic has 911 experience and less than a year working with CCT. The EMT has limited experience.
Environment: PACU in Angel Hospital. Franklin, NC. 18:00 on a Friday in December. Weather: It has been raining and overcast all day.
Resources: HEMS is down for weather. Your equipment on the CCT ambulance: Newport ventilator, RSI supplies, Video laryngoscope. Zoll monitor. Arterial line place prior to operation. Suction Equipment in PACU is scattered and their staff is having difficulty locating airway supplies. PACU staff, one RN.
You are working in the ED on what has been a unusually slow day. At 1650 a 82 year old man presents himself into the ED with an 18 hour history of rectal bleeding. An IV is started on the patient, draws blood and confirms that the vital signs are stable. The physician evaluates the patient, agrees that he is stable and orders labs at 1722.
CONVENE FIRST RESPONDERS
Convene First Responders is a web-based community where those who are passionate about being first on the scene to help others when they need it most can interact with one another. This community will provide a platform for shared learning, allowing for first responders of all sorts to share their own experiences and learn from the experiences of others.