Andrea Sjaardema Zickmund has been working in EMS for 14 years. She has worked at every level from EMT through paramedic. She is known as the black cloud in all the busy 911 systems she has worked as a lead paramedic. She also has been teaching in EMS programs since 2007 and is a Primary Instructor for the state of Indiana. She currently works for Lutheran Air 3 as a flight paramedic full time, for Keener EMS as a paramedic, and for Franciscan Alliance Crown Point as an EMS Educator in their EMS academy. Andrea has a passion for teaching and working as a paramedic.
Shock is a complex medical issue. It is not always obvious with lots of blood and guts; it comes in many different forms and can often be hidden until it’s too late to reverse it. Shock affects everyone differently from kids to the elderly and everyone in between. This presentation reviews ALL the different types […]
Pediatric calls can make anyone on EMS take a deep breath, but when that pediatric call is one involving a traumatic event, it can be downright nerve-racking. This presentation reviews the anatomy and injury patterns of the pediatric patient vs the adult patient, stressing that they ARE NOT LITTLE ADULTS! Hopefully, with a better understanding […]
Burn calls can be some of the worst calls an EMS provider can get. This presentation reviews the burning process, the possible causes, and the specific treatments of burns including special populations. It also discusses the difficult fears all FF/EMS professionals have of getting burned and the uphill battle of recovery and the inevitable question […]
“Medic 3 you have an 80-year-old patient who is confused.” The altered mental status of the elderly is a frequent type of call and easy to get tunnel vision on. This presentation covers the numerous reasons the elderly population can be confused and gives the EMS provider a new outlook on the geriatric AMS call […]
A review of bizarre case studies that the presenter has actually experienced that will bring to the light the importance of thinking outside the box and not getting stuck in tunnel vision when dealing with complicated calls that are not textbook scenarios. This lecture discusses the importance of patient assessment and prioritizing treatment plans when […]
Sports injuries are a regular occurrence in EMS, but with the increase of sport-related concussions and the lifelong impact concussions can have and sudden cardiac arrest of healthy athletes on the field, it’s imperative to be aware of how to treat these life and death injuries.