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Off opioids, chronic pain sufferers find new ways to cope

Stephen Newman had managed his pain with opioid medications, but was tired of the growing suspicion and mistrust he encountered when trying to get prescriptions

Investigators find no wrongdoing in death of woman paramedics sedated

The report said paramedics followed protocol in administering the sedative that was commonly used without incident

4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting

Police said three people died at the scene and one person died at the hospital after a man wearing nothing but a coat stormed a Waffle House restaurant

Cop saves boy choking on popcorn at Police Academy graduation

Detective Mark Rubins was sitting in the upper section of the Theater at Madison Square Garden at about 11:30 a.m. when he heard a woman yell, “Help! Please!”

NC county commissioners hold forum to address opioid crisis

More than 100 leaders from an array of disciplines united to understand the opioid crisis and made it a goal to combat the problem by working together

Neb. county equips public places with AEDs

Platte County voted to purchase seven automated defibrillators that can save lives of members of the public and employees who suddenly suffer cardiac arrest

NASEMSO joins ‘Road to Zero’ to eliminate roadway deaths by 2050

More than 600 organizations have teamed up to create a comprehensive strategy to put an end to increasing vehicle fatalities in the United States

DC nurses now handling less urgent 911 medical calls

A new program was recently launched to reduce the strain on emergency services by redirecting certain medical calls to nurses

Ford debuts GoRide service for medical patients

The on-demand service allows healthcare providers to schedule rides for non-emergency patients

Ky. fire dept. seeking grant for firefighter, EMS body armor

The department is asking for a $44,600 Homeland Security grant to purchase body armor responders can wear during incidents where responders might be in danger
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EMS1 Topic Articles

Off opioids, chronic pain sufferers find new ways to cope

Stephen Newman had managed his pain with opioid medications, but was tired of the growing suspicion and mistrust he encountered when trying to get prescriptions

Investigators find no wrongdoing in death of woman paramedics sedated

The report said paramedics followed protocol in administering the sedative that was commonly used without incident

4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting

Police said three people died at the scene and one person died at the hospital after a man wearing nothing but a coat stormed a Waffle House restaurant

Cop saves boy choking on popcorn at Police Academy graduation

Detective Mark Rubins was sitting in the upper section of the Theater at Madison Square Garden at about 11:30 a.m. when he heard a woman yell, “Help! Please!”

NC county commissioners hold forum to address opioid crisis

More than 100 leaders from an array of disciplines united to understand the opioid crisis and made it a goal to combat the problem by working together

Neb. county equips public places with AEDs

Platte County voted to purchase seven automated defibrillators that can save lives of members of the public and employees who suddenly suffer cardiac arrest

NASEMSO joins ‘Road to Zero’ to eliminate roadway deaths by 2050

More than 600 organizations have teamed up to create a comprehensive strategy to put an end to increasing vehicle fatalities in the United States

DC nurses now handling less urgent 911 medical calls

A new program was recently launched to reduce the strain on emergency services by redirecting certain medical calls to nurses

Ford debuts GoRide service for medical patients

The on-demand service allows healthcare providers to schedule rides for non-emergency patients

Ky. fire dept. seeking grant for firefighter, EMS body armor

The department is asking for a $44,600 Homeland Security grant to purchase body armor responders can wear during incidents where responders might be in danger
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EMS1 Columnist Articles

How frequently do EMS providers encounter, treat hypoglycemia?

In a 180-day period spanning from late 2017-early 2018, EMS providers from more than 1,000 agencies responded more than 2.5 million times. About 50,000 (2.1 percent) of those calls were diabetic emergencies. These response statistics, collected from the ESO EMS Index of real-world data, were shared with EMS1 by the ESO data analysis team to continue a discussion about the prehospital assessment and ...

Inside EMS Podcast: The use of medical marijuana by EMS providers

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Obscure funding sources for EMS departments

Operating foundations and family foundations are a significant source of grant money, but they can leave out a significant number of funding opportunities. It’s all about the relationships. A lot of money is held in places you will not find in public records. Following is a brief description of two hard to find pools of money: community foundations and donor-advised funds; as well as family foundations ...

Medic Mindset Podcast: Pediatric care with Dr. Peter Antevy

Dr. Peter Antevy is asking paramedics to completely rethink how they take care of kids. His bio is full of innovation awards and accolades for his paradigm-shifting approach to pediatrics in emergency medicine, but he’d never tell you that. Instead, he’d want to sit down and listen to you talk about your pediatric calls and he’d seek to understand how you think on those calls. He ...

EMS in the warm zone: Tactical medicine inter-agency training

It is reassuring to see the gradual acceptance of a national standard being developed to encourage EMS personnel to train and integrate with law enforcement to enter secured, but still chaotic scenes to offer life-saving interventions to casualties. We are slowly seeing a trend away from role-defined emergency responder training with disciplines working in silos with an occasional exercise that brings ...

The benefits of embracing an EMS company officer culture

If there’s one thing the fire service has done well, it’s embracing a fire officer culture. Departments, divisions, battalions, stations and crews are all driven around the ideals of accountability, supervision and structure. These are the basic foundations of crew resource management. While fire-based EMS agencies have adapted to this culture well, EMS-based agencies seem to have difficulty ...

8 tips for talking about sexual harassment with caregivers

By David Nelson, DMin Like families, organizations are challenging in the best of times. They can become even more difficult during divisive movements. The recent “Me Too” movement, bitter political divides and other trends have challenged most of us to pay even more attention to the importance of creating a workplace of excellence. Here are eight tips for talking about sexual harassment ...

EMS From a Distance: Citizen medics

In the mid 1980s, when my young daughter, Becky, had her first asthma attack, I was still six or seven years from starting an EMS career. My wife and I had just enough awareness of respiratory distress to call 911 right away. It was middle-of-the-night scary as we waited for our local volunteer agency to staff an ambulance. Ask me now and I’ll tell you it took half an hour, but it was probably ...

How politics and partisanship impact emergency services

By Dr. Randall Hanifen, faculty member, Emergency & Disaster Management at American Military University Ever since the creation of political parties, we have encountered political battles. Until recent history, government functions were more about give and take. This give and take – the spirit of compromise – was at its best for organizations that served the people, such as emergency ...

Dear EMS: It's not you, it's me

It seems like every day there is another story discussing first responder fatigue, poor resiliency or stress. Has the job gotten that bad that no one can survive it anymore" Or does the problem lie within; is it us" There is no arguing that in the past, call volumes were not nearly what they are today. EMTs had to do a lot more with a lot less, yet it was, for the most part, a career that people retired ...
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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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