New Courses from 24-7 EMS: Acute and Chronic Renal Failure

Posted by Greg Friese on Sep 8, 2014 under Courses and Activities

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CentreLearn content partner, 24-7 EMS, announces two new CECBEMS-accredited courses for EMTs and paramedics on acute and chronic renal failure. The entire 24-7 EMS catalog, including these courses, is available for a low per person per year cost. Once the 24-7 EMS catalog has been shared with your organization, courses can be assigned to personnel.

1.14.2 Renal Failure: Acute (Virginia Areas 05 and 89)
Acute renal failure (ARF) is a life-threatening condition that can develop in a matter of hours or days. Fortunately, with appropriate and rapid treatment, it is reversible. As an EMS provider, you can help to improve outcomes for patients with acute renal failure with early recognition and treatment. This program reviews the basic anatomy and function of the kidneys, what causes acute renal failure, and care to provide in a prehospital environment.

1.14.3 Renal Failure: Chronic 2.0  (Virginia Areas 05 and 89)
Chronic renal failure is a condition that affects nearly all the systems in the body. Patients with chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease can experience many different types of complications that are caused or exacerbated by renal failure. As an EMS provider, a basic understanding of chronic renal failure and its causes can help you to better recognize and provide care for these related complications. This program reviews the growing rate of renal failure incidence, how renal failure occurs, how to recognize renal failure, complications related to dialysis, other illnesses related to chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease, and care to provide in a prehospital environment.

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Pediatric Continuing Education: 3 Upcoming Courses

Posted by Melissa Mancuso on Sep 6, 2014 under Courses and Activities

In addition to the many CentreLearn pediatric and obstetric courses that are already available in the Training System and through RapidCE, even more are currently in production. These three pediatric courses are in the final stages of production and accreditation:

  • Pediatric Airway Management
  • Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Upper Airway
  • Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Lower Airway

All CentreLearn courses are written and designed by experienced field providers that are also expert educators and parents. Courses are reviewed by a board certified emergency physician, CECBEMS accredited, and where applicable, state approved for EMT and paramedic continuing education.
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Course Objectives

CentreLearn course content is based on the objectives created by the educator responsible for the course. The objectives for the three upcoming pediatrics courses are:

 

Pediatric Airway Management

  • Describe the clinical situations that require the use of basic and advanced airway techniques.
  • Explore pediatric airway anatomy and physiology.
  • Review the appropriate use, advantages, and disadvantages of various airway devices.
  • Discuss capnography and pulse oximetry and their use in pediatric patient assessment.

 

Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Upper Airway

  • Identify the primary cause of pediatric cardiac arrest and the primary cause of preventable death in the pediatric patient.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms and explain the pathophysiology of respiratory distress, respiratory failure, and respiratory arrest.
  • Describe the general assessment and management of pediatric respiratory emergencies.
  • Describe and explain the assessment and treatment for several causes of pediatric upper respiratory emergencies: croup or laryngotracheobronchitis, epiglottitis or acute supraglottitis, and foreign body aspiration.

 

Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Lower Airway

  • Describe common medical causes of pediatric lower airway emergencies including:  asthma, respiratory syncytial virus/bronchiolitis, and pneumonia.
  • Describe uncommon medical causes of pediatric respiratory emergencies including: Guillain-Barré  syndrome, metabolic acidosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, acute chest syndrome of sickle cell disease, and cystic fibrosis.
  • Discuss relevant pathophysiology associated with these medical causes of pediatric respiratory distress.

 

Watch for announcements regarding the availability of these courses in an upcoming blog post, in the Train Better Memo, or on the CentreLearn Facebook page.

 

Hundreds of CE Courses from CentreLearn

The CentreLearn Training System always includes the entire EMS and Fire course catalogs. Begin training online immediately with hundreds of hours of accredited online training videos for EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters.

 

Hundreds of Additional Courses from our Content Partners

CentreLearn partners with 24-7 EMS, 24-7 Fire, Medrills, Emergency Film Group, HIPAA TV Online, and Physio-Control to offer hundreds of additional courses to fulfill EMT, paramedic, firefighter, fire inspector, and fire officer training requirements. Visit the CentreLearn courses page to learn more about CentreLearn’s content partners.

 

Accessing CentreLearn Pediatric Courses

Training officers can either assign courses to their personnel or provide them access to the EMS and Fire course catalogs so they may complete pediatric and obstetric courses on their own schedule via the CentreLearn Training System. Individuals can access all CentreLearn CECBEMS-accredited EMS courses and dozens of other courses on fire suppression topics through RapidCE.com.

 

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Top Ranked Pediatric and Obstetric Courses Available from CentreLearn

Posted by Melissa Mancuso on Sep 4, 2014 under Courses and Activities

The CentreLearn Training System is available 24/7 for EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters from around the world that need to complete training assignments to maintain their certification. One of the most important and sought after course categories is pediatrics and obstetrics. CentreLearn and its content partners offer dozens of pediatric and obstetric courses to ensure your personnel have the training they need when they need it.
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Since January 1, 2014, EMTs and paramedics have earned CE certificates from this list of courses, ranked by order of total certificates earned:

 

  1. Pediatric Patient Assessment: Part 1 (BLS)
  2. Pediatric Patient Assessment: Part 1 (ALS)
  3. Pediatric Patient Assessment: Part 2 (ALS)
  4. Pediatric Patient Assessment: Part 2 (BLS)
  5. Fetal Trauma from Motor Vehicle Collisions (BLS)
  6. Emergency Childbirth (BLS)
  7. Emergency Childbirth (ALS)
  8. Child Abuse: EMS Roles & Responsibilities (BLS)
  9. Child Abuse: EMS Roles & Responsibilities (ALS)
  10. Obstetric Complications (ALS)
  11. Pediatric Fluid Resuscitation and Airway Management (ALS)
  12. Pediatric Fever (ALS)
  13. Pediatric Fever (BLS)
  14. Pediatric Fluid Resuscitation and Airway Management (BLS)
  15. Fetal Trauma from Motor Vehicle Collisions (ALS)
  16. Webinar: Pediatric Resuscitation (ALS)
  17. Pharmacology Special Considerations (ALS)
  18. Pediatric Cardiac Emergencies (ALS)
  19. Pharmacology Special Considerations (BLS)
  20. Pediatric Cardiac Emergencies (BLS)
  21. Pregnancy: Medical Emergencies 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  22. Trauma During Pregnancy 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  23. Trauma Assessment 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  24. Pediatric Trauma 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  25. Pediatric Assessment 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  26. Pediatric Emergencies: Burns 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  27. Pediatric Airway Management 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  28. SIDS & EMS 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  29. Pediatric Poisoning 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  30. Neonatal Care/Resuscitation 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  31. Pediatric Behavioral Emergencies 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  32. Obstetrics & Childbirth 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  33. Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  34. ECC Update: Pediatrics and PALS 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  35. Domestic Violence 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  36. Obstetrics and Childbirth 2.0 (24-7 EMS)

 

Use the Preview Coursesfeature in the Training Manager area of the CentreLearn Training System to preview the above courses.

 

Build your Own Pediatric Courses

In addition to the courses from CentreLearn and our content partners, training officers are able to build their own pediatric and obstetric courses using the Course Builder. Some of the course titles created by training officers that use the CentreLearn Training System include:

 

  • Pediatric Toxicology Emergencies
  • Abandoned Infant
  • Pediatric Pain
  • Pediatric Environmental Emergencies
  • Pediatric Syncope
  • A Safe Haven for Newborns
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Recognition
  • Special Patient Populations: The Pediatric Patient
  • Recommendations for Safe Transportation of Pediatric Patients

 

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3 Tips to Encourage CentreLearn Course Completions

Posted by Melissa Mancuso on Aug 27, 2014 under Courses and Activities

Encourage CentreLearn Course Completions

A training officer asked for ideas on how to increase the completion of online courses by the personnel in his organization. Here are a few suggestions from CentreLearn.

 

1. Assign Courses

For EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters, the annual or bi-annual training requirements, both hours and categories of training, are very clear. Assign courses to match those needs by creating a training plan. In the initial roll-out of the CentreLearn Training System, consider a training plan for a specific aspect of training. For example, just assign courses to meet annual workplace safety requirements. Replace classroom lectures with an online assignment for:

  • Bloodborne pathogens (CentreLearn course B301)
  • Respiratory protection (CentreLearn course B303)
  • Hazard communication (CentreLearn course B343)

Remember that for most workplace safety courses, personnel need to have easy access to a local infection control officer or other types of safety experts for local guidance on prevention and incident reporting.

An initial experience with online training, especially to complete annual training requirements, is a great stepping stone to additional training plans for other requirements.

 

2. Spread the Word about Course Completion

Some of your personnel might be wondering, “Is anyone else doing these online courses?” Use CentreLearn 1-Click Reports to share updates on progress with training plans, course ratings, and course feedback with the personnel in your organization. Providing reports of progress across the department, shifts, or stations provides the social proof or testimonials to help encourage other personnel to dip their toes into the online training pool. Post specific feedback about a course in an announcement, email, or on a department social network. We recommend asking an EMT or firefighter for their permission before posting their name with specific course feedback.

 

3. Connect an Online Course to Current Events

For many learners, the “Why” of training is just as important as the “What.” When creating an assignment, connect it to a current event or recognized need. For example, assigning courses on heat or cold emergencies is easily connected to seasonal changes in the weather, but other topics might be just as easily connected to other seasonal changes in your service area. Does your population of geriatric residents spike in the summer or winter? Do you have an increase in pediatric trauma when school is out for the summer? Do respiratory distress calls increase in the summer?

A protocol change is another compelling time to assign training courses. When your medical director revises the heart failure protocol, assign the CentreLearn courses on heart failure and CPAP to refresh knowledge and understanding of heart failure pathophysiology, assessment, and treatment.

Lessons learned from recent incidents, like structure fires, can become lessons applied when matched with suitable training. Perhaps the water supply team struggled to meet the water demands of the suppression team. An online course on water supply operations might better prepare the department for the next incident.

Preview CentreLearn courses by typing keywords into the search field of the Preview Courses page in the Training System. If you need something more specific to meet local protocols, create your own course with the Course Builder feature of the Training System.

 

How does your organization encourage personnel to complete online training?

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Train Better Memo – Courses: August 2014

Posted by Melissa Mancuso on Aug 23, 2014 under Announcements and News, Courses and Activities

 

Links in this Courses Edition of the Train Better Memo:

Preventing the Spread of Contagious Disease
Read more about the outbreak on the CDC website.
Preview CentreLearn courses

Top Courses in July
Read our blog post about the top 3 CentreLearn courses in July
Follow our twitter and facebook pages for the top courses of the week.
Check our blog regularly for new course announcements. Even more courses for pediatric continuing education will be added soon!

Customer Success Story Using the Course Builder
Read this customer success article to see how Mid Georgia Ambulance is already benefiting.

Upcoming How-To Instruction for Admins and Training Officers
Learn more at one of these upcoming Admin training sessions:

Connect with CentreLearn

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CentreLearn Featured Partner: 24-7 EMS Pediatric and Obstetrics Courses

Posted by Greg Friese on Aug 22, 2014 under Courses and Activities

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CentreLearn content partner, 24-7 EMS, offers a dozen pediatric and obstetrics courses for EMTs and paramedics. The entire 24-7 EMS catalog, including these courses, is available for a low per person per year cost. Once the 24-7 EMS catalog has been shared with your organization, courses can be assigned to personnel.

  1. Pregnancy: Medical Emergencies
  2. Neonatal Care/Resuscitation
  3. Pediatric Trauma
  4. Pediatric Assessment
  5. Pediatric Behavioral Emergencies: Autism (ASD)
  6. Pediatric Emergencies – Burns
  7. Pediatric Poisoning
  8. Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies
  9. Trauma During Pregnancy
  10. ECC Update: Pediatrics and PALS
  11. Pediatric Airway Management
  12. Obstetrics and Childbirth

View the full 24-7 EMS course catalog and contact us for more information.

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Most Certificates: CentreLearn Courses in July 2014

Posted by Greg Friese on Aug 7, 2014 under Courses and Activities

Top Three CentreLearn Courses for EMS, FIRE, OSHAEMTs, Paramedics, and Firefighters that use the CentreLearn Training System can select from course catalogs made available to them or be assigned courses from the industry leading library of course catalogs. During July, 2014 these ALS, BLS, OSHA, and Fire courses had the most completions.

ALS Course Catalog

  1. Basic Airway Management
  2. Emergency Care for Lightning Strike Victims
  3. C-Spine Injuries in Athletics Part 1

BLS Course Catalog

  1. Burn Injury Assessment and Treatment
  2. Emergency Care for Lightning Strike Victims
  3. Disease Conditions of Chronic Alcoholism

Firefighter, Fire Officer, and Fire Inspector Course Catalog

  1. Driving Safety
  2. Firefighter Safety: Injuries and Fatalities
  3. Fire Extinguishers: Extinguish or Evacuate?

OSHA Health and Safety Course Catalog

  1. Harrassment in the Workplace
  2. Understanding the Hazard Communication Standard
  3. Bloodborne Pathogens

Learn more about the courses available in the CentreLearn Training System. Training officers can easily preview any course available to their organization.

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Train Better Memo – Courses: July 2014

Posted by Melissa Mancuso on Jul 23, 2014 under Courses and Activities

 

Links in this issue of the Train Better Memo

Watch a Course as a Group

 

Medrills™ Courses Now Available from CentreLearn

 

Live Webinars – How-To Instruction for Admins and Training Officers Using the New CentreLearn Training System

We are currently offering two unique live training sessions with multiple dates and times to choose from. Visit the CentreLearn blog to learn more about these sessions and to register.

If you are using the CentreLearn Classic LMS, contact us regarding your organization’s transition to the new CentreLearn Training System and taking advantage of these time-saving features!


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Train Better Memo – Courses: June 2014

Posted by Melissa Mancuso on Jun 26, 2014 under Courses and Activities

Links in this issue of the Train Better Memo

New EMS courses now available in the CentreLearn Training System:

New Courses for Educators and Training Officers – Presented by Rom Duckworth

 Medrills™ Courses Now Available from CentreLearn

Live Webinars – How-To Instruction for Admins and Training Officers Using the New CentreLearn Training System

We are currently offering two unique live training sessions with multiple dates and times to choose from. Visit the CentreLearn blog to learn more about these sessions and to register.

If you are using the CentreLearn Classic LMS, contact us regarding your organization’s transition to the new CentreLearn Training System and taking advantage of these time-saving features!

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CentreLearn Courses Prepare MT EMTs for Transition to AEMT

Posted by Greg Friese on Jun 5, 2014 under Courses and Activities

EMTs in Flathead County, Montana are transitioning to AEMT with a combination of EMT-B experience,
CentreLearn online courses, and a day of hands-on skill practice, competency checks, and patient assessment simulations. Rocco Altobelli, flight paramedic and educator, writes, “The four online courses – pain assessment, pain management, pharmacology and drug administration, and pharmacology special considerations – ensure participants have the essential foundation knowledge before the hands-on training and skill practice.”

A hybrid course, also known as a blended learning experience, combines online and classroom training. Lecture presentations are well suited for busy EMS personnel to complete at a time and place that is convenient for them. Personnel can pause an online course while responding to an emergency call and resume the course where they left off when they return.

Since face-to-face time is difficult to schedule and can be expensive to deliver, classroom or laboratory time is best suited for patient assessment simulations, skill training, and competency checks. Rocco Altobelli stated, “Pharmacology and medication administration is one of the most important aspects of the AEMT transition course. As an instructor I would rather use face-to-face time for personnel to practice skills and receive feedback from instructors rather than have them listening to me lecture about the ‘rights’ of medication administration.”

Contact us to learn more about using the CentreLearn Training System for a hybrid transition course or refresher training.

Descriptions of Courses Used in the AEMT Transition
These courses from the EMS course catalog were used to prepare personnel for the hands-on portion of the course.

Pain Transmission, Perception, and Assessment 
Pain is the leading emergency medicine complaint. Patients expect EMS to acknowledge their pain, assess it, and treat it. EMS, like all areas of healthcare, is not meeting this basic patient expectation. The first step in improving assessment and treatment of pain is to understand pain transmission, perception, and assessment.

Pain Management
Despite the ability to treat the majority of patients with pain, pain is significantly undertreated in all healthcare settings, including prehospital. In this course, explore barriers to undertreatment of pain, pain assessment techniques, and affirm the power of prehospital personnel to diminish patient pain. Learn pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain treatment principles.

Pharmacology and Drug Administration
Why are some drugs administered through an IV, while other drugs the patient chews and swallows, and yet some are injected and even inhaled? This course discusses how medications enter and act on our bodies. The course specifically reviews medications for the treatment of chest pain, hypoglycemia, anaphylaxis, asthma, and toxin ingestion.

Pharmacology Special Considerations: Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and Obstetrics
Why do children need special medication doses? How is their body different from an adult’s? Are there other types of patients that should also be given special consideration? This course discusses special medication considerations for pediatric, geriatric, and obstetrical patients.

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