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Parkland new benchmark for EMS active shooter response

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 03:10
School shootings are forever benchmarked against Columbine. News reports are sure to compare the death total as “not as deadly” or “more deadly” than Columbine. April 20 marks the 19th anniversary of Columbine. Only Sept. 11 has had a greater impact on EMS in the last 20 years. The mass murders committed in Newtown, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland - and too many other locations ...
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Obscure funding sources for EMS departments

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:52
Operating foundations and family foundations are a significant source of grant money, but they can leave out a significant number of funding opportunities. It’s all about the relationships. A lot of money is held in places you will not find in public records. Following is a brief description of two hard to find pools of money: community foundations and donor-advised funds; as well as family foundations ...
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Medic Mindset Podcast: Pediatric care with Dr. Peter Antevy

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:25
Dr. Peter Antevy is asking paramedics to completely rethink how they take care of kids. His bio is full of innovation awards and accolades for his paradigm-shifting approach to pediatrics in emergency medicine, but he’d never tell you that. Instead, he’d want to sit down and listen to you talk about your pediatric calls and he’d seek to understand how you think on those calls. He ...
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EMS in the warm zone: Tactical medicine inter-agency training

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:00
It is reassuring to see the gradual acceptance of a national standard being developed to encourage EMS personnel to train and integrate with law enforcement to enter secured, but still chaotic scenes to offer life-saving interventions to casualties. We are slowly seeing response trend away from role-defined emergency responder training with disciplines working in silos, training in isolation from one ...
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Inside EMS Podcast: Is 'Alexa' the future of patient care?

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 19:14
Download this podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or via RSS feed In this Inside EMS Podcast episode, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss the recording of their 200th episode and reflect on the past four years of co-hosting the show. They also talk about a recent article about Brewster Ambulance Services in Quincy, Ma., installing Amazon Echos in its ambulances to assist their workforce. Learn ...
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8 tips for talking about sexual harassment with caregivers

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 09:29
By David Nelson, DMin Like families, organizations are challenging in the best of times. They can become even more difficult during divisive movements. The recent “Me Too” movement, bitter political divides and other trends have challenged most of us to pay even more attention to the importance of creating a workplace of excellence. Here are eight tips for talking about sexual harassment ...
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How politics and partisanship impact emergency services

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 13:10
By Dr. Randall Hanifen, faculty member, Emergency & Disaster Management at American Military University Ever since the creation of political parties, we have encountered political battles. Until recent history, government functions were more about give and take. This give and take – the spirit of compromise – was at its best for organizations that served the people, such as emergency ...
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Dear EMS: It's not you, it's me

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 11:23
It seems like every day there is another story discussing first responder fatigue, poor resiliency or stress. Has the job gotten that bad that no one can survive it anymore" Or does the problem lie within; is it us" There is no arguing that in the past, call volumes were not nearly what they are today. EMTs had to do a lot more with a lot less, yet it was, for the most part, a career that people retired ...
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Research Analysis: Check and Inject program is safe and cost effective

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 16:17
Inspired by the rising costs of epinephrine auto-injectors, King County Emergency Medical Services decided to implement a “Check and Inject” program in 2014. Recently published research in Prehospital Emergency Care has shown that this switch was not only safe for patients but saved the region at least $1 million over a three-year period. This research was also presented at the 2018 National ...
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Quiz: Test your knowledge on anatomy and physiology

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:40
Even the most skilled EMTs are ineffective if they can’t communicate and document basic anatomic principles to other healthcare providers. This quiz will test your knowledge on anatomy and physiology basics and terms of direction.
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Does your EMS agency have protocols for deceased patients in public?

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 09:43
Recently, a county EMS agency was taken to task by local media when a crew left the body of a deceased individual outside in public view after an unsuccessful resuscitation. According to local news accounts, it took nearly three hours for a funeral home to retrieve the body. The patient’s wife was sitting with the body for much of that time. Not having spoken to anyone directly involved with the ...
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EPIC: An EMS-centered approach to head injuries

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:31
Traumatic head injuries account for 2.5 million emergency department visits annually in the United States. More than 10 percent of these head injuries are hospitalized, from which nearly 53,000 die. This is more than one-third of all injury-related deaths. In the past, it was thought that there was little that prehospital care providers could do for patients with head injuries, but new research and ...
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Moving beyond the 'standard' 12-lead ECG

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:19
Acquiring a 12-lead ECG has become the standard practice for paramedics when encountering a variety of patient presentations. Aside from the basics of assessing a rhythm strip for the purpose of rhythm identification, your 12-lead gets you into the realm of diagnostic information and actual rhythm interpretation. In many EMS systems, 12-lead acquisition has even become a standard part of basic life ...
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