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Video: Paramedic disarms deputy suffering panic attack

Paramedic Michael O’Connor wrested the gun from deputy Justin Johnson after he opened fire without warning in a mobile home park

LODD: Fla. firefighter-paramedic dies after being found unresponsive

Steven Terry was a firefighter-paramedic for almost 25 years, as well as a 20-year veteran of the Army National Guard

Ohio high school students able to earn EMT certification

A new partnership between schools and first responders allows students to pursue EMS careers right out of high school

Study: Legal marijuana may have decreased Colo. opioid deaths

Officials are skeptical of the study that said one fewer person has died a month of an opioid overdose since the sale of legal marijuana

LAX launches new ‘bike medic’ program

The program consists of two medic bike teams that will be able to weave through traffic to reach patients easier

Couple’s ambulance transport deterred by marathon roadblocks

An ambulance ride took almost three times the amount of time to transport a brain cancer victim

Officials: Drug-crazed man assaults EMT

The man claimed people were trying to kill him and that his heart was going to explode" after possibly breaking an EMT's thumb

Officials: Ore. dispatchers unable to help callers locate AEDs

“Right now we do not have a way to tie in where AEDs are during a 911 call,” performance manager Mark Chandler said

9/11 EMT denied disability because of his weight

The pension board told Michael Abramowitz that his asthma developed after Ground Zero cleanup was mainly caused by his weight

Calif. declares emergency to fight hepatitis A outbreak

California has distributed 81,000 federally-funded vaccine doses since the outbreak began
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EMS1 Topic Articles

Video: Paramedic disarms deputy suffering panic attack

Paramedic Michael O’Connor wrested the gun from deputy Justin Johnson after he opened fire without warning in a mobile home park

LODD: Fla. firefighter-paramedic dies after being found unresponsive

Steven Terry was a firefighter-paramedic for almost 25 years, as well as a 20-year veteran of the Army National Guard

Ohio high school students able to earn EMT certification

A new partnership between schools and first responders allows students to pursue EMS careers right out of high school

Study: Legal marijuana may have decreased Colo. opioid deaths

Officials are skeptical of the study that said one fewer person has died a month of an opioid overdose since the sale of legal marijuana

LAX launches new ‘bike medic’ program

The program consists of two medic bike teams that will be able to weave through traffic to reach patients easier

Couple’s ambulance transport deterred by marathon roadblocks

An ambulance ride took almost three times the amount of time to transport a brain cancer victim

Officials: Drug-crazed man assaults EMT

The man claimed people were trying to kill him and that his heart was going to explode" after possibly breaking an EMT's thumb

Officials: Ore. dispatchers unable to help callers locate AEDs

“Right now we do not have a way to tie in where AEDs are during a 911 call,” performance manager Mark Chandler said

9/11 EMT denied disability because of his weight

The pension board told Michael Abramowitz that his asthma developed after Ground Zero cleanup was mainly caused by his weight

Calif. declares emergency to fight hepatitis A outbreak

California has distributed 81,000 federally-funded vaccine doses since the outbreak began
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EMS1 Columnist Articles

6 takeaways from the California wildfires

The massive fires in Northern California have stressed the area's emergency response system beyond its very limits. Since the night of Oct. 9, thousands of public safety personnel have been working steadily to save tens of thousands of lives. Many of them have been directly affected by the disaster, not knowing whether their homes were destroyed or if missing relatives will be among the fatalities ...

Top EMS Game Changers – #1: Cellphones

What if the most significant EMS innovation of the last 25 years isn’t a medical device at all, but an everyday item owned by over 90 percent of the U.S. population" I’m talking about the smartphone in its embryonic state: the cellphone. I wasn’t an early adaptor of cellular technology. I still owned a rotary phone well into the ‘90s – a no-frills source of pride for me ...

Inside EMS Podcast: Who should deliver needed supplies in natural disasters?

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 top news articles from the week. Articles discussed in this episode: Man arrives in ambulance with fake emergency to propose to nurse Why states took so long to dispatch disaster aid to Puerto Rico Man saved by co-workers after suffering cardiac arrest ...

Finding the joy: Beyond job satisfaction in EMS

A strange thing happened during our first of four Regional Meetings for the EMS Agenda 2050 project. The setup is that everyone who participates is involved in a series of dialogues with members of the Technical Expert Panel. Each of these dialogues is focused around a question designed to provoke creativity and inspire visionary thinking. The topics include person-centered system design, inherent safety ...

6 ePCR best practices

By Mark Flauter, EMT-P Computerized documentation is commonplace in EMS in 2017. It’s difficult to find a service that isn’t using a documentation program to prepare an electronic patient care report (ePCR) or electronic health record (EHR). Just as there are a variety of EMS providers, there are a variety of documentation programs. Most of the key information required by the individual ...

Transporting SNF residents: Choosing the proper payer

By Amanda Stark When you transport a Medicare beneficiary, you should always bill Medicare, right" Wrong! There are times when the bill should instead go to the patient, a group health plan, hospice, a hospital or a skilled nursing facility (SNF). The key to compliance and proper billing is evaluating the transport and determining which payer is responsible. Any time you receive payment from Medicare ...

EMS budget planning primer for new paramedic chiefs

By Dianne Wright Local government budget processes may seem daunting at first, especially for new leaders whose focus has just recently shifted from EMS operations and patient care. Whether you recently took over as chief or just started your EMS career, learning more about local budget processes is critical to being an advocate for EMS in your community and advancing your career. These three simple ...

The 3 Ps: Applying Policy, Procedure and Process to EMS

Many years ago, I heard noted public safety risk management professional, Gordon Graham, speak on the topic of reducing organizational risk in public safety agencies. One of Graham’s basic tenets is, “Predictable is preventable.” In listening to Graham speak, something else caught my attention as a fire officer and manager back in my organization: the correlation between delivering ...

Rapid response: Is it time to consider climate change and its effect on responders?

What happened: Multiple wildfires swept through northern California neighborhoods, businesses, hotels and wineries Sunday night and Monday. Eleven people were killed – a number that is expected to rise – and more than 1,500 structures have been destroyed by the high-wind propelled wildfires. Firefighters from throughout California are battling the Napa and Sonoma County blazes, as well as ...

Peer support for EMS provider mental health

"EMS practitioners face challenging and traumatic events that can impact their mental well-being each and every day. The mounting effect of patient needs, family, long workdays, nutrition, physical health, and sleep deprivation all contribute to an individual’s sense of wellness." — National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians Scenario: An EMS crew is called to an infant ...
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EMS1 Tips

7 ways to best use, or avoid, capnography in the field

EMS1 readers shared their suggestions on how to get the most out of the method

Active-shooter response: Are you physically ready?

Normally, I am strong believer that paramedics are at their best when they saunter into a scene, slowly walking and looking for clues and risks. But an active-shooter incident is going to require repetitive bursts of significant physical activity.

3 energy-saving tips for your EMS station

Earth Day, or any day, is a good time to see what you can do at your agency and home to save both resources and money.

How this video can "Keep Yourself Safe"

Consider using this PPE safety video in your EMT course or refresher class

CPR class instruction tips: 5 ways to make it great

My most recent health care provider recertification was memorable for all of the things the instructors did well.

Patient assessments: How to avoid free-for-alls

Substantial cajoling and adult guidance from mom in a Santa hat was required to initiate an orderly process of taking turns, appreciating a gift after it was opened, and taking occasional pauses for a meal or to welcome additional relatives.

Patient assessment is a non-linear process

On a skill sheet, patient assessment is presented as a linear process: First size up the scene, then complete the primary assessment followed by the secondary assessment.

Blood pressure reading tips and tricks for EMS

One of the things I'm most often asked by students and rookie EMTs is, "Kelly, how am I supposed to hear a blood pressure in the back of the rig?"

How to use Slideshare for EMS education and training

Slideshare is an online community and tool for sharing presentations.

How to get optimal battery life from your devices

The batteries in your wireless cell phone, tablet or laptop are probably not the same old Duracells you used in your childhood walky-talkies.
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