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EMS Mnemonics (memory device)

Discussion in 'BLS Discussion' started by EMS123, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. DesertMedic66

    DesertMedic66 Forum Troll

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    CUPS?
     
  2. avdrummerboy

    avdrummerboy Forum Lieutenant

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    Critical, unstable, potentially unstable, stable. I don't use it personally really, nor does anyone at this company, but it is around.
     
  3. agah

    agah Forum Crew Member

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    PMS
    Pulse
    Motor/Movement
    Sensation

    DRGERM
    Distentions
    Rigidity
    Guarding
    Eviscerations
    Rebound Tenderness
    Masses
     
  4. OhItzJimmy

    OhItzJimmy Forum Crew Member

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    Here's a bunch of Acronyms...

    CHECKING EXTREMITIES:
    Pulse
    Motor/Movement
    Circulation
    Sensory/Sensation

    PT EYES:
    Pupils
    Equal
    And
    Reactive to
    Light

    VITAL SIGNS:
    Pulse
    Respirations
    Blood Pressure
    Eyes
    Level of Consciousness
    Lung Sounds
    Skin Signs

    ALTERED MENTAL STATUS (ALOC):
    Alcohol
    Epilepsy
    Insulin
    Overdose
    Underdose
    Trauma
    Infection
    Pyshcosis
    Stroke

    PHYSICAL EXAM:
    Deformities
    Contusions
    Abrasions
    Punctures/Penetrations
    Burns
    Tenderness
    Lacerations
    Swelling
    Instability
    Crepitus

    PT RESPONSIVE LEVEL:
    Alert
    Verbal
    Painful
    Unresponsive

    PT STATES IN PAIN:
    Onset
    Provocation
    Quality
    Region/Radiate
    Severity
    Time

    PT HISTORY:
    Signs/Symptoms
    Allergies
    Medications
    Pertinent Medical History
    Last Oral Intake
    Events Leading to Incident

    SCENE SIZEUP:
    Personal/Partner/Patient Safety
    Environmental Hazards
    Number of Patients
    Specialized Equipment
    MOI/NOI
    Additional Resources
    Need for Extrication or C-Spine

    TYPES OF SHOCK:
    Cardiogenic
    Hypovolemic
    Anaphylactic
    Metabolic
    Psychogenic
    Septic
    Respiratory
    Neurogenic
     
  5. yoshgoodman

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    MISTT - Patient hand over
    M - Mechanism
    I - Injury
    S - sign and Symptoms
    T - Treatment
    T - Times

    HABITSCHAP - Possible causes of unconsciousness
    • H - HYPOVOLEMIA , Hypo / Hypertension
    • A - ANAPHYLAXIS
    • B - BRADYCARDIA / PNEA,BRAIN (CVA , TUMORS , éICP)
    • I - INFECTION
    • T - TEMPERATURE
    • S - SUGAR ( HYPO , HYPER )
    • C - CONVULSIONS
    • H - HYPOXIA
    • A - ALCOHOL / Drugs - CNS
    • P - POISONS ; TOXINS
     
  6. CALEMT

    CALEMT The Other Guy/ Paramaybe?

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    Ok so I just learned a new mnemonic in anatomy and physiology. Its for the carpals:
    Some Lovers Try Positions That They Cant Handle.

    S
    caphoid
    Lunate
    Tirquetral
    Pisiform
    Trapezoid
    Trapezium
    Capitate
    Hamate
     
  7. NomadicMedic

    NomadicMedic EMS Edumacator

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    Or, to remember if cranial nerves are sensory, motor or both...

    Some
    Say
    Marry
    Money,
    But
    My
    Brother
    Says
    Big
    Boobs
    Matter
    Most
     
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  8. CALEMT

    CALEMT The Other Guy/ Paramaybe?

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    Well brother does know best ;)
     
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  9. CALEMT

    CALEMT The Other Guy/ Paramaybe?

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    Well this aint really a mnemonic but it helps you remember the cranial nerves:

    God gave us 1 nose (olfactory) and 2 eyes to see with (optic). 3,4,and 6 make your eyes do tricks (oculomotor, trochlear, abducens). 5th cranial nerve is recalled by remembering 5 rhymes with tri (trigeminal). The 7th nerve can be visualized by a 7 (top on the forehead and the bottom going across your face). Think of number 8 fitting into your ear (vestibulocochlear). When you evaluate nerves 9 and 10 under your chin (glossopharyngeal, vagus) note that both these resemble the letter g and that checks into gag reflex. For 11 (accessory) visualize a 1 on both shoulders that should remain in place when you shrug your shoulders. Finally for 12 (hypoglossal) visualize a person sticking their tongue out from side to side saying the end.

    Again not really a mnemonic but it helped me remember the cranial nerves. Also I should note that the nerves are lettered in roman numerals (I,II,III,IV,V etc.).
     
  10. chaz90

    chaz90 Community Leader Community Leader

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    I learned the cranial nerves with a far dirtier mnemonic...It helped me, so it's a shame I can't share it here! Realistically, I'm sure anyone who's taken college level anatomy has probably heard it at some point.
     
  11. Tunamate

    Tunamate Forum Crew Member

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    Yeap, something about a french virgin if i recall hahaha
     
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    Oh - Olfactory
    Oh - Optic
    Oh - Oculomotor
    Topless - Trochlear
    Tiffany - Trigeminal
    And - Abducens
    Fat - Facial
    Vicky - Vestibulocochlear
    Got - Glossopharyngeal
    Vaginitis - Vagus
    And - Accessory
    Herpes - Hypoglossal
     
  13. Christopher Rideout

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    DR. TRAMP- The seven rights of drug administration

    Right Documentation
    Right Route
    Right Time (Expiration and time to give)
    Right to Refuse
    Right Amount
    Right Medication
    Right Patient

    I've heard it tought as three rights, five rights, and seven rights, my class learned the seven rights and this is how we remembered it, not really in a good order but it works.
     
  14. RedAirplane

    RedAirplane Forum Asst. Chief

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    When in doubt, FART.

    FALL back
    AND
    Re
    THINK.
     
  15. NomadicMedic

    NomadicMedic EMS Edumacator

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    Or, when your ALS thinking cap is askew, just VOMIT.

    Vitals
    oxygen
    Monitor
    IV
    Transport.

    Also known as "the easy way out" or "hey doc, I don't really know what's going on".
     
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  16. PCP Probie

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  17. PCP Probie

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    the one we use for BVM is BOOTS
    B-Bearded
    O-Old
    O-Obese
    T-Toothless
    S-Stiff lungs
     
  18. Glider

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    Reassessment Mnemonic (especially helpful for rounds)

    FAST HUGS IN BED Please

    Fluid Therapy
    Analgesia
    Sedation, if intubated
    Thromboprophylaxis

    Head-Up Position (30 degrees) if intubated
    Ulcer Prophylaxis
    Glucose control
    Skin/Eye Care

    Indwelling Catheters-Where, how, sterile/non-sterile, checked for location?
    Nasogastric tube

    Bowel Care
    Environment (e.g. temperature control, appropriate surroundings in delirium)
    De-escalation What is the code status/should we be changing it?

    Psychosocial
     
  19. Jane

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    Path of blood flow in the heart

    T P My Ass

    Tricuspid Valve
    Pulmonary Artery and Vein
    Mitral Valve
    Aorta
     
  20. Chad

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    For SAMPLE:

    Street
    Herbal
    Over the counter
    Prescription
     

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