Hey guys, welcome back to our ‘OFAI Stage 3 Series’!
As many of you have requested over Instagram; I’ve created another post on how to pass the OFAI Stage 3 testing. This post will be geared towards the Medical Skills evolution.
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If you’ve read my previous posts regarding the stage 3 testing, than you know I try to break down each specific evolution into key steps in order to pass.
So below I’ve listed 5 steps candidates should take in order to pass the Medical Skills evolution during stage 3 testing.
So let’s begin!
1. Make sure you have a background in medical skills training (EMR at the very least).
Before going to attempt this test, candidates should have a general baseline understanding of medical skills.
If you only have your First Aid/CPR training, than I highly suggest you go out and get your Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certificate before attempting.
Having this certification only helps your resume anyways so it’s best you go out and get it. For more info on getting your certifications head to the Red Cross site to look for branches in your area.
Without the proper Medical Skills training, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
2. Practice scenarios.
One thing I did to prep for this test was I would practice 2-3 scenarios with my fiancee every night after work. This helped me big time and made me feel much more confident going into testing.
I would have her come up with various scenarios for me to respond to, from trauma to difficulty breathing, anything was fair game. I then walked into the room as if I were a first responder and went through my entire assessment.
If you don’t have someone at home to practice with, ask a friend or family member.
It may feel awkward doing this but trust me guys there’s no better way to get yourself warmed up before the test.
3. Verbalize EVERYTHING.
“In this skill, you will perform your assessment and verbalize your treatment for all conditions and injuries discovered. You must conduct your assessment as you would in the field, including communicating with your simulated patient”. This statement can be found directly from OFAI’s website and i cannot emphasize this enough.
Despite OFAI listing this right on their website, candidates still forget to verbalize certain observations during their assessment of the patient.
YOU NEED TO SPEAK UP! Verbalize EVERYTHING!
For example, when you’re doing chest compressions verbalize your benchmark for hand positioning and mention you’re allowing full recoil during compressions. It may seem redundant but I guarantee you the proctor will see that you know what you’re doing.
It also gets you in the habit of verbalizing everything you’re doing or seeing so that you don’t forget any observation.
4. Anticipate doing CPR.
You WILL be doing CPR during your scenario.
“In order to successfully complete this skills test, candidates must have advanced first aid training, CPR training and the competence and training required to insert a properly sized oropharyngeal airway, operate a bag valve mask, apply an adult non-re-breather mask and describe the oxygen flow rate or concentration required”.
Again, OFAI is telling candidates directly on their site what is to be expected during your test. They clearly state everything you will be using and there are no curve balls.
Make sure you know your compression rates and are familiar with giving proper CPR.
I stressed out a lot about this evolution prior to testing and I’ll be honest, it isn’t all that complicated guys!
They won’t be trying to trick you with anything and the scenario is very straight forward.
5. Be aware of common fails.
Here’s a list of some of the common mistakes candidates make (resulting in a fail):
-Forgetting to verbalize EMCAP prior to approaching patient
-Forgetting to insert an oropharyngeal airway
-ruling out c-spine
-compressions not deep enough/timed properly
So there you have it!
There’s not a whole lot I can go into detail about because to be quite honest this evolution is rather straight forward.
Just be sure to have had proper medical training before attempting and make sure you practice, practice, PRACTICE!
If you come in well prepared than you will have no problem passing this evolution!