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WHO, World Bank Group unveil 'Global Preparedness Monitoring Board

Infectious disease monitoring expanded amid Ebola Outbreak in the Congo

First responders give boy with disorder a birthday to remember

Jamie Sprout, who has a mitochondrial disorder, was surprised with a first responder-themed birthday and visitors from several public safety agencies

Paramedic reunited with baby he delivered on bathroom floor 21 years ago

Senior Cpl. Thomas Murphy, who is set to retire soon, reunited with Jessica Fogal as she and her family thanked him for his service

Off-duty EMT saves teen after witnessing brutal stabbing

Rowan Thomas said she abandoned her car and rushed to help the 14-year-old, who was surrounded by teens with weapons

Dozens of bills passed by U.S. House to fight opioid epidemic

The House passed 38 bills that address addiction, recovery and pain management alternatives, with 21 more bills on the calendar

Paramedics under investigation after mistaking shot teen for dead

Erin Carey, who was shot in the head and severely wounded, was covered with a sheet and left unattended as paramedics treated others hit by gunfire at a party

Ketamine a safer option for agitated patients and providers

Takeaways and lessons for EMS providers in the wake of one agency’s ketamine administration PR nightmare

Roundtable: Media report should drive EMS agencies to review ketamine protocols

EMS leaders respond to Star Tribune report of administering ketamine to agitated, restrained patients in Minneapolis

Paramedic delivers 8 puppies after pregnant dog shows up at station

Apopka Fire Department Lt. Renee Beasley delivered the puppies and then nursed the mother back to health

NY man arrested for stealing paramedic rescue truck

Larry Blanding allegedly led police on a chase after stealing a paramedic rescue truck while responders were on a call
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EMS1 Topic Articles

WHO, World Bank Group unveil 'Global Preparedness Monitoring Board

Infectious disease monitoring expanded amid Ebola Outbreak in the Congo

First responders give boy with disorder a birthday to remember

Jamie Sprout, who has a mitochondrial disorder, was surprised with a first responder-themed birthday and visitors from several public safety agencies

Paramedic reunited with baby he delivered on bathroom floor 21 years ago

Senior Cpl. Thomas Murphy, who is set to retire soon, reunited with Jessica Fogal as she and her family thanked him for his service

Off-duty EMT saves teen after witnessing brutal stabbing

Rowan Thomas said she abandoned her car and rushed to help the 14-year-old, who was surrounded by teens with weapons

Dozens of bills passed by U.S. House to fight opioid epidemic

The House passed 38 bills that address addiction, recovery and pain management alternatives, with 21 more bills on the calendar

Paramedics under investigation after mistaking shot teen for dead

Erin Carey, who was shot in the head and severely wounded, was covered with a sheet and left unattended as paramedics treated others hit by gunfire at a party

Ketamine a safer option for agitated patients and providers

Takeaways and lessons for EMS providers in the wake of one agency’s ketamine administration PR nightmare

Roundtable: Media report should drive EMS agencies to review ketamine protocols

EMS leaders respond to Star Tribune report of administering ketamine to agitated, restrained patients in Minneapolis

Paramedic delivers 8 puppies after pregnant dog shows up at station

Apopka Fire Department Lt. Renee Beasley delivered the puppies and then nursed the mother back to health

NY man arrested for stealing paramedic rescue truck

Larry Blanding allegedly led police on a chase after stealing a paramedic rescue truck while responders were on a call
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EMS1 Columnist Articles

WHO, World Bank Group unveil 'Global Preparedness Monitoring Board

By David E. Hubler, American Military University The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank Group have launched a new organization aimed at strengthening global health security. The new Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) will tackle outbreaks, pandemics and other health emergencies “through stringent independent monitoring and regular reporting of preparedness,” the ...

Ketamine a safer option for agitated patients and providers

The recent media report about the use of ketamine in restrained patients contains a few poorly drawn implications and a couple of lessons for line personnel, resulting in a public relations nightmare for the EMS agency involved. Ketamine is a selective NMDA receptor antagonist. It induces a trance-like mental state quickly. Ketamine has also been shown to help relieve pain and maintain sedation. Unlike ...

The keys to safety on the job after a back injury

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 ...

How to package and present ePCR data to decision makers and officials

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 ...

Should EMS providers be able to diagnose patients?

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 misconception that those in EMS do not diagnose their patients. In a Facebook thread, Kelly mentioned a class he was giving and that EMS providers do need the skill of diagnosing patients. Learn more about the EMS1 Academy and schedule a free demo.  ...

Universal precautions are not just to protect us

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 ...

4 steps to improving EMS retention with onboarding

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 ...

EMS From a Distance: ALS? BLS? Let skills fall where they may

“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 ...

5 tips for dispatchers during an act of mass violence

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 ...

Apply best-available data to active shooter incident planning, training

A Broward County Sheriff's Office captain refused to allow Coral Springs Fire-Rescue paramedics, deploying as a Rescue Task Force, entry into Marjory Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.) High School. Deputy Chief Michael McNally wrote in a recently released incident report, "The [BSO] incident commander advised me, 'She would have to check.’ "After several minutes, I requested once ...
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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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