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Forum to be held to promote Patient Safety Awareness Week

“From March 11 to 17, we are emphasizing that safety in the delivery of healthcare is the highest priority all the time,” CPS executive director Alex Christgen said

Man arrested for putting paramedic in chokehold

Police said they had to use a TASER to subdue David Parsons after he began attacking a paramedic in the back of an ambulance

Google testing technology to better locate 911 callers

The tech company allowed several U.S. 911 centers to use their data to pinpoint a caller’s location

Woman arrested for leaving scathing note on ambulance

“I couldn’t give a s--- if the whole street collapsed now move your van from outside my house,” the note read

9/11 responders' health treatment threatened by budget plan

Lawmakers say the impact would be dreadful for the more than 83,000 responders and survivors who rely on the WTC Health Program

15 hurt after commuter bus, tractor-trailer collide in Philly

The bus was headed north when it struck the truck, which was making a turn at the intersection

Trump signs bill providing more access to 911 calls

Anyone who dials 911 can reach emergency responders, even if the phone typically requires someone to dial "9'' or another digit to reach an outside line

Fire destroys 5 ambulances, causes $2M in damages

Officials say oxygen tanks inside some of the squad's ambulances exploded shortly after the fire began, helping the flames to quickly spread

Police: 'Survivor' champ bit cop after naloxone revival

Police said Jenna Morasca bit an officer while in an ambulance after she was found unconscious in her running parked car

Pa. schools train for emergencies with 'Stop the Bleed' program

So far, the anti-bleeding kits are in about 345 school buildings where teachers and staffs have completed training in about 70 school districts
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EMS1 Topic Articles

Conflict resolution and the importance of teamwork in EMS

Building a strong EMS team requires open communication and conflict resolution mediation when necessary

Forum to be held to promote Patient Safety Awareness Week

“From March 11 to 17, we are emphasizing that safety in the delivery of healthcare is the highest priority all the time,” CPS executive director Alex Christgen said

Man arrested for putting paramedic in chokehold

Police said they had to use a TASER to subdue David Parsons after he began attacking a paramedic in the back of an ambulance

Google testing technology to better locate 911 callers

The tech company allowed several U.S. 911 centers to use their data to pinpoint a caller’s location

Woman arrested for leaving scathing note on ambulance

“I couldn’t give a s--- if the whole street collapsed now move your van from outside my house,” the note read

9/11 responders' health treatment threatened by budget plan

Lawmakers say the impact would be dreadful for the more than 83,000 responders and survivors who rely on the WTC Health Program

15 hurt after commuter bus, tractor-trailer collide in Philly

The bus was headed north when it struck the truck, which was making a turn at the intersection

Trump signs bill providing more access to 911 calls

Anyone who dials 911 can reach emergency responders, even if the phone typically requires someone to dial "9'' or another digit to reach an outside line

Fire destroys 5 ambulances, causes $2M in damages

Officials say oxygen tanks inside some of the squad's ambulances exploded shortly after the fire began, helping the flames to quickly spread

Police: 'Survivor' champ bit cop after naloxone revival

Police said Jenna Morasca bit an officer while in an ambulance after she was found unconscious in her running parked car
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EMS1 Columnist Articles

Book excerpt: A quarter-century of a responder's emergency calls inspire 'Rescue 911'

Sometimes I think about the lives that I have been a part of and realize just how incredible my EMS journey was. In this patient story I mention the possibility of a tree growing in a spot where I nonchalantly threw an apple core out my window. During my twenty-five year career as a firefighter and EMT in Providence I responded to well over 25,000 calls for help from people in some kind of distress ...

50 years in the making: '911, what's your emergency?'

This single question shaped the meaning behind these three dialed numbers, 911. Up until 50 years ago, dialing 911 wasn’t an option to call for help. Even today, its convenience only reaches 96 percent of Americans. [1] Dialing 911 first occurred on Feb. 16, 1968, in Haleyville, AL, by then Senator Rankin Fite. [1] Prior attempts to create a nationally-accepted emergency number originated in 1957 ...

Inside EMS Podcast: How to break bad habits in EMS

Download this podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or via RSS feed In this Inside EMS Podcast episode, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss transitioning volunteer responders to certified EMTs. What are the challenges" How do you break bad habits" Moreover, how do you develop their skills, and not just pass a test" They also discuss the development of skills needed to talk to the patient and ...

Rapid response: School shooting EMS, police response has to be faster

What happened: A former student entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018, near the end of the school day. He wore a gas mask, threw several smoke bombs into a hallway, pulled a fire alarm and then began indiscriminately shooting an AR-15 as students ran through the smoke. Seventeen people were dead on scene or later died at the hospital and 16 were injured by the time ...

Rapid response: MCIs are not contained to any one environment

I spent part of Wednesday afternoon watching yet another school shooting unfold on live television – this time in Broward . As these horrible, senseless events have become routine, it is clear that they are not confined to any one location or environment. EMS providers must be trained, equipped and mentally prepared to respond quickly to active shooter situations. Key take away points include: ...

3 things EMS providers need to know about supraglottic airways

Supraglottic airway devices have emerged as valuable tools for airway management, particularly in cardiac arrest. When compared to endotracheal intubation, in which some studies have found high rates of misplacement, skill degradation and prolonged pauses of chest compressions during cardiac arrest, supraglottic airway devices are an attractive alternative. Some studies have shown improved survival ...

Prove it: Video laryngoscope usage in airway management

Medic 14 and Engine 27 respond to a report of breathing difficulty at a private residence. The engine arrives first to find a 68-year-old male experiencing severe shortness of breath. The patient’s wife states the patient has not been feeling well all day but suddenly became worse about 30 minutes before she called 911. The patient is slumped over in a recliner in the living room. Although the ...

Top 10 events that should be in the EMS Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. While temperatures during the games are predicted to be in the negative numbers, most of us will be watching the spectacle while warm on our couches eating a cheese ball and drinking hot buttered rum, thinking, “Curling" Meh, I could do that. They wanna sweep some ice, they can handle up on the front walk to the ambulance ...

Social science solutions to EMS volunteer recruitment and retention

By Allison G. S. Knox, faculty member, American Military University Many volunteer ambulance agencies throughout the United States have a difficult time staffing their ambulances. In decades before, it seemed that volunteer ambulance companies had a surplus of members who were happy to help their community in their free time. Now, there is a volunteer shortage with a dwindling amount of people who are ...

Q&A: How can leaders identify and help EMS providers who need support?

I have not been to an EMS conference in the last two years where EMS provider suicide, stress management or mental health was not on the program. It seems nearly everyone understands we need to improve resilience, recovery and how we take care of our own. Our challenge is that while we appreciate the problem, the path to making real and meaningful improvements is not clear. We hope that peer support ...
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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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