Integrating Smartphones Into EMS Education


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Integrating Smartphones Into EMS Education presented by Greg Friese, MS, NREMT-P at August 2013 National Association of EMS Educators Symposium in Washington DC.

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  • Permission is granted to do any of these things…
  • Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project
  • Distinction between ages.
  • Text messaging is of course a popular activity for all phone types. Usage is Habitual/Addictive …July 2012From 2012 of teens send 60 or more text messages per dayOlder, female teens likely to send more.
  • Policy creation, adoption, and enforcement is based on a set of beliefs or assumptions
  • SAMPLE Policy. Not sure if this has actually been adopted anywhere. Broken over several pages to be able to read. Page 4
  • Not a disruption or distraction until you define it a disruption, label it as a disruption, and reinforce that as a disruption.
  • Adapted from
  • Somewhere between a “Ban” and “Unlimited Use” is a balance.
  • Becoming a “Netizen”…education starts here
  • Code of Ethics for EMS Practitioners“to use social media in a responsible and professional manner that does not discredit, dishonor, or embarrass an EMS organization, co-workers, other health care practitioners, patients, individuals or the community at large.”
  • Consider this platform used data when looking for and recommending “apps” to students. Especially if you are a Windows or Blackberry user.
  • Training activity
  • YouTube … learn anything
  • Video-assisted Feedback During CPR: Analysis of Smartphone Video Footage Accurately Classifies Chest Compression RateAbstracts for the 2013 NAEMSP Scientific Assembly Volume 17 / Number 1January / March 2013
  • Facebook group for the classTwitter hashtagGoogle+ hangout for class, study groupSkype for office hours
  • 2 tips from Steve Whitehead, Remember 2 things video
  • Integrating Smartphones Into EMS Education

    1. 1. Integrating Smartphones and Tablet Devices into EMS Education
    2. 2. Handout and Slides
    3. 3. The safety issues identified… Distraction due to non-operational use of personal electronic devices during flight and ground operations Distraction is a Real Issue
    4. 4. Smartphone Usage
    5. 5. Poll ?: Show of phones… ? Do you have a smartphone or tablet with you?
    6. 6. Ubiquity of Mobile Devices
    7. 7. Smartphone Ownership Us Them81%55% 39% 18%
    8. 8. Kids These Days 18-29 year olds
    9. 9. Why Use Polls? Fun Compete Assess Variety
    10. 10. Policy Creation, Adoption, and Enforcement
    11. 11. CoAEMSP Sample Program Policies and Procedures
    12. 12. CoAEMSP Sample Program Policies and Procedures CELL PHONES, PAGERS, AND ELECTRONICS To eliminate distractions in the classroom, the following policy will be followed by all students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Services Program.
    13. 13. CoAEMSP Sample Program Policies and Procedures Cell phones are NOT to be used in the classroom, laboratory or clinical areas, or in hallways and common areas of the college. This includes use as a phone, text messaging device, music player, voice recorder, camera, video camera, or any other function which distracts the student from learning in class or disrupts others at any time.
    14. 14. Classroom Distractions ? Define Label Reinforce
    15. 15. Distractions are Everywhere My teacher keeps me engaged with worthwhile activities… Age, skill, and knowledge appropriate instructions… Timely feedback and regular assessment… And breaks to re-energize. (otherwise I go nuts)
    16. 16. Policy Components Don’t allow if device: • Disrupts critical processes • Undermines integrity • Violates privacy • Threatens any individual
    17. 17. Ban vs. No Limits • Organization policy • Ability to enforce • Instructor comfort • Student needs • Start strict, ease off later • Provide breaks for use • Appropriate consequences
    19. 19. Academic Dishonesty Phone a Friend What are the signs of shock? Electric shock or bad news shock?
    20. 20. Intentional Usage: Encourage or Discourage
    21. 21. Primary Education • Mobile technology use has become commonplace • 73% use mobile phones in classroom or to complete assignments • 45% use e-readers • 43% use tablet computers
    22. 22. Smartphone Ownership
    23. 23. EMS Professionalism Skills • Access knowledge • Curate information • Click safely • Focus on people/tasks • Honor patient PHI • Professional discussion
    24. 24. Code of Ethics
    25. 25. Smartphone OS
    26. 26. Assessment and Treatment - x + ÷
    27. 27. Access Information H EMS ACLS Guide Paramedic Meds LA County Paramedic Pediatric EMS
    28. 28. Reference Guides Epocrates WebMD iPharmacy Drug Guide and Pill ID
    29. 29. ERG 2012 App • Safe clicking • Download • Feature tour • Find guides • Scene reports Train to use app
    30. 30. Improve Habit Streak My Fitness Pal Coach’s Eye
    31. 31. Communicate Teacher Google Doc Class Notes
    32. 32. Message Return to classroom to review patient assessment stations
    33. 33. View
    34. 34. Listen • YouTube Videos • Book Publisher Videos
    35. 35. Read
    36. 36. Get Better Video-assisted Feedback During CPR: Analysis of Smartphone Video Footage Accurately Classifies Chest Compression RateRead Scientific Assembly Abstracts
    37. 37. Go Places H
    38. 38. Invite Google+ Hangouts Skype
    39. 39. EMS World app • Topics • Speakers • Products Virtual Travel
    40. 40. Call Report H END
    41. 41. Get Patient Off Phone
    42. 42. Test Prep and Practice EMT Review Plus Paramedic Review Plus Critical Care Paramedic Review
    43. 43. Skill Prep and Practice Obtaining IV Access Airway Management Triage Locate the Cricothyroid Membrane
    44. 44. Call, Skill, and Pt. Tracking
    45. 45. Clinical Attendance
    46. 46. File Sharing / Remote Access Dropbox Google Drive Evernote I just ate your USB drive.
    47. 47. Device Free Time • Case review • Exam • Before drill or simulation • Class issue
    48. 48. Search Questions