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The keys to safety on the job after a back injury

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:00
While the saying, “If it’s predictable, it’s preventable,” may be popular, musculoskeletal injuries are a fact of life for EMS providers, especially back injuries. Recovery can be a slow process – even strains or soft-tissue injuries can take 3 to 6 weeks to resolve. Prevention is key, but, in the event you do sustain a back injury, what is the best way to ease your way ...
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How to package and present ePCR data to decision makers and officials

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:30
All-too-often, we look at EMS data from the lens of the number of IV sticks we’ve performed and how many times we’ve administered aspirin. That data is great … but only for the quality assurance and operations staff within your agency. What about involving elected officials – your stakeholders – those who have an influence over your budget" Data in EMS has transformed ...
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Universal precautions are not just to protect us

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:42
One morning, a Joint Commission site surveyor was on a Med-Surg floor, when a BLS ambulance crew came in to transfer one of the patients to another hospital. The crew came out of the patient’s room with their gloves on and grabbed the hospital’s automatic blood pressure cuff, which was on a rolling cart in the hallway. They used it to take the patient’s blood pressure, and returned ...
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4 steps to improving EMS retention with onboarding

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:22
By Joey Araiza, RN, BSN New employee onboarding needs have increased in recent years, as the amount of money and time spent on turnover quickly adds up. Developing an effective strategy requires taking a deeper dive into why increased turnover is occurring, as well as determining what can be done to improve the long-term retention rate of at least two years on the job. Onboarding a new employee can ...
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EMS From a Distance: ALS? BLS? Let skills fall where they may

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 13:30
“BLS before ALS!” I doubt there’s anyone with more than a few months in EMS who hasn’t heard that cliché. It used to make sense to me. As an EMT, I liked the way it prioritized my low-tech contributions over the meds and monitors of my paramedic partners; and as a new medic, it reminded me not to overlook basic care, no matter how cool my tools were. So why does “BLS ...
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5 tips for dispatchers during an act of mass violence

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:24
By Dave Mulholland, Administrator, Arlington County Emergency Communications Center and member of the IPSA’s 911 Telecommunications Committee Each day, 911 telecommunicators handle stressful calls involving law enforcement, fire and medical incidents. Telecommunicators are trained to calm highly distressed callers and gather the appropriate information within structured protocols and processes ...
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Inside EMS: Using CPAP to treat CHF patients

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 15:43
Download this podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or via RSS feed In this Inside EMS Podcast episode, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss using CPAP to treat CHF patients. How does it work" What are the benefits and what does the treatment look like" Learn more about the EMS1 Academy and schedule a free demo.
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Preparing fire-based EMS for the 'silver tsunami'

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 08:27
Fire-based EMS systems are experiencing ever-increasing workloads – and this is only the beginning. Drawing from generational demographics, Medicare data and decades of experience managing large EMS systems, Bruce J. Moeller, Ph.D., adjunct professor, University of Florida, will address strategies to manage the silver tsunami in fire-based EMS in a session at Fire-Rescue Med, June 11-13, 2018 ...
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Q&A: How is the opioid epidemic impacting first responders?

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 13:00
By Kerri Hatt, EMS1 Senior Editor More Americans now die from opioid overdose than from breast cancer. The epidemic costs more than $500 billion a year and is notably negatively impacting U.S. life expectancy. As opioid overdose death rates rise across the nation, communities are implementing new strategies and collaborations. Widespread dissemination of naloxone – from local pharmacies, to families ...
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EMS is the first line of defense against spread of infectious diseases

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 14:44
By Keith Collins, alumni, Fire Science Management at American Military University Emergency services personnel play a vital role in maintaining public health. Not only are they the first to provide medical care during an emergency, they are also the first line of defense in identifying and helping prevent the spread of infectious diseases. During epidemics or pandemics such as recent breakouts of Zika ...
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Research Analysis: Airway management better with the bougie

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 08:39
Researchers at Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Department of Emergency Medicine recently published the results of the Bougie Use in Emergency Airway Management (BEAM) randomized clinical trial in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The BEAM trial compared intubations done in a Level I trauma center using a Macintosh blade, with and without a bougie ...
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Responding to a mass casualty incident is unimaginable

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 09:39
“No, you can’t imagine!” he shouted, betraying his claim that he was okay. What started as a friendly conversation had become more serious, as the real reason for the call poured out of him. He had read an article I had written about arming EMTs and paramedics, agreed with my belief that it would do more harm than good, and wanted to let me know. I probably wasn’t the first to ...
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When will every EMT wear a body camera?

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:42
Police dragged EMT Deannah Williams, who was repeatedly punching a patient, out the side door of the ambulance. The male patient, 17, was handcuffed and restrained at the ankles. Williams alleges he spit on her. There is something uniquely dehumanizing about being spit at by a patient. "Spitting in someone's face is probably considered one of the worst things you can do,” said Ross Coomber ...
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Dear new EMT or paramedic: It's OK to ask for help

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:39
Finding your footing as a new EMT or paramedic can be difficult – maybe even scary. However, the great thing about EMS – or any public safety profession – is that your partner always has your back. So, when you're feeling out of place or you're afraid to ask your partner, colleague or chief an important question … remember that it's OK to not know everything. In ...
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5 reasons to do your rig checks

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:11
One does not have to be an EMT or medic long to notice that ambulance shift checks are not created equal. I’ve had the fortune of working in a number of different services over the years and have seen a variety of rig check styles. Some people did complete checks and made sure their truck was safe and ready to go, while others barely stepped into the ambulance, doing just enough to fill out the ...
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