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Any tips for OEC test?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Our class of (14) will be taking our OEC test in (9) days. Tonite we finish up the last chapters of 'the book', we have a study group that will meet over the weekend. Next weeks classes will be review, with the final test on Saturday.

We have had excellent instructors, but we all have a certain amount of anxiety about the test.

Anyone with any last minute tips... would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

djpmz
kalamazoo, mi
post #2 of 22
Don't sweat it. While the course is hard, the test is really easy.

Practice as many scenarios as you can, the practical tests are much harder to do well in than the written.
post #3 of 22
Good advice.

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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
Don't sweat it. While the course is hard, the test is really easy.

Practice as many scenarios as you can, the practical tests are much harder to do well in than the written.
post #4 of 22
trust the PAS and you will do fine.
post #5 of 22
Don't forget your SAMPLE history! Also, have one of the people in your group break their leg mid femur so you can practice traction splinting. Practice your cravat ties.
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Atown313 View Post
Don't forget your SAMPLE history! Also, have one of the people in your group break their leg mid femur so you can practice traction splinting. Practice your cravat ties.
Gee, I don't remember that on the written: ,
It's pretty easy if you read the book. don't forget what OPQRST and DCAP-BLTS stand for.
post #7 of 22
In the Practical (live scenario) portions-ACT WITH CONFIDENCE--mostly show you can make decisions that are reasonable/ informed and you have the ability to act on them fairly quickly--and talk constantly--in reality-making a decision and acting on in is the key to being a good patroller. Not to say you should be rash--but just realize that right now at the end of this course you're as prepared and well-informed as you'll EVER be-so feel confident going with your presently well-informed gut instincts and demonstrate leadership and confidence as the undergirding of your Practical skills.

Good Luck-and remeber-unlike a senior level test-the examiners are interested in really helping and passing the basic OEC Technicians-they're not out to get you or trick you.

Liam
post #8 of 22

1st!

First things first!

Never forget; S.T.O.P. Gloves on, Scene safe, ABCDE.

Even paramedics sometimes overlook or forget the basics.

Good luck!
Hans
post #9 of 22
I have not seen the OEC test in years. Given that here are a few pointers.

Airway Airway Airway

Patient unconsious, difficulty breathing, with possible C-spine injury and alone - Call for ALS (possible air transport), O2, backboard, sled, other local equipment/help, then perform Jaw Thrust with head stabilization and wait for help. Once help arives you need to think about inserting an oropharyngeal airway into unconsious patent. If unconsious patent gags even once do not use oropharyngeal and use nasopharyngeal airway. Note an unconsious patient may hit you with their arms and legs at anytime.

Read patient assessment chapter (read it three times). Know it inside and out. Also know SAMPLE, OPQRST, AVPU, DCAP BTLS.

Transport with injury uphill in MOST cases. Know the exceptions to this rule.

Don't have a brain fart and put the C-collar upside down. Make sure the C-Collar is not too big and not too small. If you picked the wrong size then switch collars.

Spine Board - the head is ALWAYS secured to the spine board LAST.

Don't forget, BVM and NRB masks are put on with the little pointy part on the nose. Pre-fill the NRB bag with O2. Make a good seal on the BVM mask. Very important, don't push too hard and too fast on the BVM bag. Go slow and gentle on the BMV bag squeeze.

Be confident and make believe its a real patient.

Good luck
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice, I'm going to print out all the replies and share them with my classmates at our study group on Sunday...

djpmz
post #11 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by djpmz View Post
Our class of (14) will be taking our OEC test in (9) days. Tonite we finish up the last chapters of 'the book', we have a study group that will meet over the weekend. Next weeks classes will be review, with the final test on Saturday.

We have had excellent instructors, but we all have a certain amount of anxiety about the test.

Anyone with any last minute tips... would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

djpmz
kalamazoo, mi
I assume you were talking the written. If you were, aside from the suggestions, remember after ABCs is control bleeding.
If you were talking about the practical, as Liam said, CONFIDENCE is the most important thing they're looking for. I had one guy in my class, who knew his stuff and didn't do anything wrong, fail the practical 3 times. If you're running the scenario, you are in charge, RUN the scenario. For example, If someone comes up with another suggestion, consider it, but don't debate or let it slow you down, just say yes or know.
post #12 of 22
When one of the test proctors says something like 'are you sure you want to do that?' fly off the handle and scream loudly-'I'm human, I make mistakes and people DIE'. Extra points for multiple uses of the f word.

Another good one is to roll your eyes and say 'yeah right, like that'll ever happen!'.
post #13 of 22

Multiple-Choice Tip: Signs vs. Symptoms

On the multiple-choice test, pay close attention when the question refers to signs or symptoms, and remember the distinction between the two.
post #14 of 22
[quote=zion zig zag;581738]When one of the test proctors says something like 'are you sure you want to do that?' fly off the handle and scream loudly-'I'm human, I make mistakes and people DIE'. Extra points for multiple uses of the f word.

Another good one is to roll your eyes and say 'yeah right, like that'll ever happen!'.[/QUOTE

now that's good!
post #15 of 22
BSI, Sample, inspect the Cheif complaint. Rapid body survey. Don't forget the BACK! Radio for equip. and help. Address bleeding while waiting.
O2 on almost everybody. Remember, it can't hurt! Injury (in most cases) uphill.
post #16 of 22
I'm gearing up for the test myself. Here is one piece of advice I got from watching everyone do their assesment scenarios: actually do what you say you are doing, don't just go through the motions.

Case in point 1: Our instructor (pretend patient) is diabetic, and has a medical tag necklace. The student does the DCAP-BTLS, says outloud that he is looking for tags, but doesn't really look. The tag was missed.

Case in point 2: Same instructor, different student. Pulse is taken and claimed as 90. Instructor says "no way, try again." Sure enough it was 80. He knows his average resting rate is about 80, and says that there's a good chance a few people doing the testing will know as well. The student was just going through the motions, not actually doing a proper count. Don't guess.
post #17 of 22
Argh, I get to take it tonight.
post #18 of 22
Good luck, and welcome to EpicSki. Let us know how you (and your class) do. My test is in 2 weeks.
post #19 of 22
Do the chapter pretests and animated flashcards on OECZone. Know all those damned numbers - normal respirations & pulse for adults, chillin and infants, etc. Take a deep breath!

Good luck,
BillG
post #20 of 22
Well, most of us (myself included) passed the OEC testing this past weekend. Now if we could only get some snow around here (New England), we can put our skills to the real test.

For the written test: know and understand the in class quizes, but don't memorize them, as a slight difference in wording may make you pick the wrong answer.

For the practical: If you are an EMT, you need to know and accept the differences between EMT and Ski Patrol procedures/protocols. The testing stations is not the time to find out those differences, or to try and change the way things are done in Ski Patrol. The testing is also not the time to try and figure out how to use a traction splint, or to remove a tricky boot. You should be fairly comfortable with these things before testing.
post #21 of 22
eblackwelder--where are you working?? We opened this weekend at the beast--we'll see if we open again before Christmas!

Anyway-it's been a pretty creepy warm here in the east! Hope you have a good first season!

Liam
post #22 of 22
My OEC class took the test last night. It wasn't terrible, however, I didn't enjoy the way certain questions were worded. It seems as though they are trying to trick you into chosing an incorrect answer.
-Phil
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