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NFL legend rescues pregnant woman from flooded minivan

Retired NFL player Neil Smith ran through waist-high water to rescue the stranded driver

911 dispatcher sues employer for firing her for pre-menopause symptoms

Alisha Coleman said the Bobby Dodd Institute fired her because she experienced unanticipated periods

Rescue crew forms human chain to save man from ocean

More than 25 firefighters and lifeguards linked up to save Pete Peterson, who was more than a football field away from shore

Scottish air ambulance paramedic to skydive for charity

Craig McDonald will face his fears to raise funds for three charities he holds close to his heart

Paramedic traveling to Iraq to help civilians in need

AMR paramedic Eric Thepsiri’s mission is to help civilians and Iraqi Special Forces members who have been hurt

The opioid epidemic and the EMS provider

Several agencies have published recommendations to protect frontline public safety providers from accidental occupational opioid exposures

Study: Most opioid users stay on drugs even after overdosing

Rates of medication-assisted treatment, considered the gold standard for opioid addiction, went up 12 percent

Responders laud mother, daughter who noticed child in hot van

The woman called 911 and first responders were able to get the 16-month-old out

Pa. borough weighs tax credit for volunteer EMTs

Act 172 allows communities to offer volunteers breaks on earned income taxes and up to a 20 percent reimbursement for property taxes

Verizon developing FirstNet competitor

Verizon says the network gives officials "the opportunity to weigh all their options as they make their important communications network decisions"
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EMS1 Topic Articles

NFL legend rescues pregnant woman from flooded minivan

Retired NFL player Neil Smith ran through waist-high water to rescue the stranded driver

911 dispatcher sues employer for firing her for pre-menopause symptoms

Alisha Coleman said the Bobby Dodd Institute fired her because she experienced unanticipated periods

Rescue crew forms human chain to save man from ocean

More than 25 firefighters and lifeguards linked up to save Pete Peterson, who was more than a football field away from shore

Scottish air ambulance paramedic to skydive for charity

Craig McDonald will face his fears to raise funds for three charities he holds close to his heart

Paramedic traveling to Iraq to help civilians in need

AMR paramedic Eric Thepsiri’s mission is to help civilians and Iraqi Special Forces members who have been hurt

The opioid epidemic and the EMS provider

Several agencies have published recommendations to protect frontline public safety providers from accidental occupational opioid exposures

Study: Most opioid users stay on drugs even after overdosing

Rates of medication-assisted treatment, considered the gold standard for opioid addiction, went up 12 percent

Responders laud mother, daughter who noticed child in hot van

The woman called 911 and first responders were able to get the 16-month-old out

Pa. borough weighs tax credit for volunteer EMTs

Act 172 allows communities to offer volunteers breaks on earned income taxes and up to a 20 percent reimbursement for property taxes

Verizon developing FirstNet competitor

Verizon says the network gives officials "the opportunity to weigh all their options as they make their important communications network decisions"
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EMS1 Columnist Articles

The opioid epidemic and the EMS provider

Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced that it would declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. The announcement came after a federal commission reported that the annual death rate from opioid overdoses has exceeded those from motor vehicle crashes; over 50,000 Americans died from opioid overdose in 2015. As EMS providers, we are on the front lines of managing opioid overdose ...

5 things to know about EMS chaplains

It's no secret that EMS providers have a dangerous job. While we want every responder to return home safely after a shift, sadly it doesn't always happen. In the event of a sudden death, seriously injured responder or line of duty death, an EMS chaplain provides both counseling to responders and other department members. EMS providers often help people on the worst day of their life. In the ...

Top EMS Game Changers – #9: ePCRs

Electronic PCRs, now used by roughly three quarters of U.S. EMS agencies, were pretty far from commonplace in 1995 when I started my first two paramedic jobs. One of those positions was administrative; I was responsible for keeping manual records of day-to-day patient encounters by ALS providers in our county. Creating, sorting and sometimes tabulating paper reports was no fun. I’d gotten into ...

Inside EMS Podcast: Educating responders on fentanyl exposure

Download this podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or via RSS feed ​​In this Inside EMS Podcast episode, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson are joined by Dr. David K. Tan to discuss the recent acknowledgement from the NAEMSP on the position paper from the U.S. Toxicology community on accidental contact of fentanyl on first responders. Dr. Tan shares his knowledge, experience and discusses the highlights ...

Proactive EMS approaches to the opioid crisis

BOCA RATON, Fla. — A panel of EMS leaders described the impact of the opioid overdose epidemic on EMS and how their services are combating the epidemic to Pinnacle EMS conference attendees. The panelists were in agreement that EMS has a role to play beyond responding to an opioid overdose and administering naloxone. Whether it’s providing links to addiction treatments or sharing valuable ...

Near-miss reporting prevents future medication mistakes

"Continuing quality improvement (CQI) reviews reflect that medication administration errors occur in the pre-hospital setting. These include errors involving dose, medication, route, concentration and treatment." — Prehosp Emerg Care. 2007 Jan-Mar;11(1):80-4.Paramedic self-reported medication errors. Vilke GM1, Tornabene SV, Stepanski B, Shipp HE, Ray LU, Metz MA, Vroman D, Anderson ...

Quality improvement in action: Cutting opioid overdose deaths in half

By Mike Taigman and Jon Kelley When was the last time you saw a cop hug a homeless addict and tell him, “I love you and hope that you get into rehab soon"” If you live in Lowell, Massachusetts, it’s a pretty common sight. In Lowell, opiate-related overdose deaths have been cut in half through a compassionate collaboration between the Lowell Fire Department; Lowell Police Department; ...

Is EMS innovation taking us backward?

By John Chamberlin, NEMSMA One of the most basic paramedicine assessment tools, the stethoscope, was invented in 1816. That basic assessment tool has evolved through various processes of innovation but still remains a primary assessment tool. Like the stethoscope, the industry of paramedicine continues to evolve through innovation. New equipment, new material for uniforms, electronic charting and assessment ...

3 steps to properly documenting patient care in EMS

By Steve Johnson When asked by clients to review crew documentation to assist in their compliance efforts, we consistently find opportunities for improvement. It seems that too many crew members either don’t properly understand the requirements for compliant documentation, or worse yet – may not care. Clearly, the latter is a huge compliance risk that should not be tolerated, and fostering ...

9 steps to fostering EMS community support

By Thomas L. Little Every EMS service has many opportunities to build and maintain community support. Providing top-notch patient care is a priority, but public education and outreach pay big dividends, too. The demand for up-to-date, timely health and safety information is greater than ever before. Establishing your organization as a health and safety authority in the community is an effective method ...
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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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