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Paramedic primer: Acute medical conditions

Nine interactive scenarios designed to enhance your understanding of seizures, strokes and common acute patient presentations


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In this assessment quiz, we provide you with a series of scenarios designed to test your knowledge and understanding of acute medical conditions. These scenarios are diverse, ranging from seizure episodes to stroke-related incidents, and are aimed at helping you fine-tune your diagnostic skills and enhance your patient management capabilities.

Run through calls with patients experiencing different seizures, as well as an elderly female patient who has a history of stroke. Here, we delve into the different types of strokes and the importance of a thorough SAMPLE history assessment. These scenarios are designed to help you differentiate between different stroke and seizure types and understand the appropriate medical response for each.

In the final scenario, we discuss a common issue in elderly care – constipation. This is a frequent complaint in skilled nursing facilities, and understanding its symptoms and potential complications is essential for effective patient care.

Take the quiz and challenge your friends to enhance your knowledge, boost your diagnostic skills, and ultimately, improve patient outcomes.

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Tim is the founder and CEO of Emergency Medical Solutions, LLC, an EMS training and consulting company that he developed in 2010. He has nearly two decades of experience in the emergency services industry, having worked as a career firefighter, paramedic and critical care paramedic in a variety of urban, suburban, rural and in-hospital environments. His background includes nearly a decade of company officer and chief officer level experience, in addition to training content delivery and program development spanning his entire career. He is experienced in EMS operations, community paramedicine, quality assurance, data management, training, special operations and administration disciplines, and holds credentials as both a supervising and managing paramedic officer.

Tim also has active experience as a columnist and content developer with over 200 published works and over 100 hours of education content available online, and is a social media influencer on LinkedIn within the EMS industry. Connect with him on LinkedIn or at