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10 tips to maximize learning in lab scenarios

Maximize learning from EMS patient care scenarios with learning objectives, clear briefing and pre-planning equipment

White Shirts: Using technology in EMS

A comic for EMS drawing off the real experiences of having or being an EMS supervisor

Watch: Patient thanks responders after rattlesnake bite

Jerome Roddenberry received 32 vials of antivenin at the hospital after a rattlesnake bit him on his hand

Woman thanks AMR paramedic for saving her life

Roya Quirk's pulled muscle turned out to be a near-fatal blood clot

Video: Volunteer firefighter-EMT rescues girl who fell out of bus

The bus was driving down a highway when the back door swung open

Suit: Ambulance company denied rest breaks to paramedics, EMTs

The breaks are required every four hours for non-salaried employees

Crews narrowly avoid injury when DWI suspect barrels into ambulance

The driver slammed into the passenger side of the rig; none of the responders working 10 feet away were hurt

Texas ambulance flips in two-vehicle crash

A paramedic and student were taken to the hospital with minor injuries

Student-run organization to provide EMS to campus, community

The new facility will include a heated garage for two ambulances, crew quarters and a common room

College student struck, killed during hammer-throw event

The 19-year-old was volunteering at a track and field competition when he was accidentally struck by a hammer
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EMS1 Topic Articles

10 tips to maximize learning in lab scenarios

Maximize learning from EMS patient care scenarios with learning objectives, clear briefing and pre-planning equipment

White Shirts: Using technology in EMS

A comic for EMS drawing off the real experiences of having or being an EMS supervisor

Watch: Patient thanks responders after rattlesnake bite

Jerome Roddenberry received 32 vials of antivenin at the hospital after a rattlesnake bit him on his hand

Woman thanks AMR paramedic for saving her life

Roya Quirk's pulled muscle turned out to be a near-fatal blood clot

Video: Volunteer firefighter-EMT rescues girl who fell out of bus

The bus was driving down a highway when the back door swung open

Suit: Ambulance company denied rest breaks to paramedics, EMTs

The breaks are required every four hours for non-salaried employees

Crews narrowly avoid injury when DWI suspect barrels into ambulance

The driver slammed into the passenger side of the rig; none of the responders working 10 feet away were hurt

Texas ambulance flips in two-vehicle crash

A paramedic and student were taken to the hospital with minor injuries

Student-run organization to provide EMS to campus, community

The new facility will include a heated garage for two ambulances, crew quarters and a common room

College student struck, killed during hammer-throw event

The 19-year-old was volunteering at a track and field competition when he was accidentally struck by a hammer
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EMS1 Columnist Articles

10 tips to maximize learning in lab scenarios

Patient care scenarios provide an opportunity for learners to apply classroom material and isolated skill practice in realistic situations. The NREMT now requires paramedic students to demonstrate competency in scenarios that cover a variety of topic areas over the course of the program, and the new NREMT Psychomotor Competency Exam includes a patient care scenario [1]. Scenarios can also be used to ...

White Shirts: Using technology in EMS

See all of Jessie Senini's comics.

4 ways to demonstrate fiscal stability for EMS grant funding

Nearly all grant applications have a section requiring the explanation of your EMS organization’s sustainability. Funders want to know that when their funding of a one year or multiple-year project ends your organization will be able to continue to support the project. Sustainability is proof that a grant was a wise investment for a funder. The sustainability plan is often the most difficult piece ...

How to obtain a medical history from an altered patient

The mnemonic SAMPLE is frequently taught as a tool to collect the medical history of a patient encountered by EMS personnel. SAMPLE stands for: Symptoms Allergies Medications Past medical history Last oral intake Events leading to the incident Memory tools like SAMPLE are certainly helpful prompts to keep providers from forgetting pieces of the assessment, but they work best when a patient (or family ...

Why my overwhelming fear of being stigmatized overshadows progress

By 24-year-old EMTB, 8 years in EMS I'm a paramedic student in a sizable urban system, and I'm scared of what I'm getting myself into. I've failed out before and I'm terrified of failing again. I've suffered from depression since well before getting into EMS at the age of 16, and the prevailing negative attitude toward mental health in this profession has only served to bolster ...

Inside EMS Podcast: ZOLL SUMMIT overview, sneak peek at classes

<!--cke_bookmark_120S--><!--cke_bookmark_120E--> 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 Dave McGowan and Kelli Turner from ZOLL. McGowan outlines four safety courses he developed that will debut at ZOLL SUMMIT ...

History of the NREMT in the United States

By Rikki Roehrich, EMS1 Contributor Prior to 1970s, there were no standards for paramedic or EMT training, and the quality of care found in the pre-hospital setting varied greatly depending upon the ability of the responders. Patients were uncertain what quality of medical treatment they would receive. The establishment of the NREMT and EMS testing alleviated some of these concerns. ‘The White ...

4 EMS special event coverage tips

Special event coverage can present major challenges for any EMS agency. For large events that cover great distances, the logistics of managing onsite, as well as nearby medical incidents can be very difficult. Large numbers of pedestrians, closed off roadways and being able to maintain staffing levels are all issues to be planned for and dealt with during the event. A recent study on the response times ...

Introduction to pediatric ECG

Some features that we consider abnormal on adult ECGs are completely normal on a child's ECG. And those features vary by the age of the child. In the fetus, circulation through the lungs is mostly bypassed, thanks to the patent ductus arteriosus. This means that there is right ventricular dominance, and the right ventricle is larger and thicker than the left ventricle. After birth, the PDA closes ...

How paramedics can fix and prevent neck pain

Before I became a paramedic, I had spent over 15 years treating patients in physical therapy and pain clinics. Most of my neck pain and headache patients had the same presentation. Forward head posture, rounded shoulders and a weak upper back. It amazed me that they sat in the waiting room with their heads in a phone screen even after I taught them that a root cause of modern neck issues is technology ...
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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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