This Week in EMS: A Recap for July 30 - August 5, 2011
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A Memphis paramedic and a firefighter were suspended for four hours after posting a picture of an injured patient on Facebook.
Newport Beach responders assisted rescue personnel and lifeguards in freeing a teen who was trapped under more than six feet of sand after a hole he dug collapsed on him.
Battalion Chief Phil Rawlings said that from April through early July, paramedics used the devices on 48 patients. All benefited from the procedure, some dramatically.
"I spend much more time rewriting than writing," says columnist Mike Rubin. " Does that mean I'm a bad writer? I'd be a bad medic if I needed 3-5 attempts to treat a patient properly. Don't we pride ourselves on getting things right the first time?"
The patient is on center stage in an EMS?call, and they rarely like that. When it comes to asking personal questions about their medical history, use your gentle authority to create a more comfortable atmosphere for them, and they will remember you for it.
The Corner Office
As a manager, you make many decisions on a daily basis--some will be popular, others will be unpopular. As a result of the unpopular decisions, you have the potential for making enemies.
When it comes to pranks in EMS, nothing beats some good-natured ribbing of your colleagues. Read how one EMS veteran managed to fool his co-worker when it came to a new shift schedule.
This webinar, sponsored by Braun Industries and Serenity Safety Products, will discuss the evolution of ambulance seating and the safety of that seating in the back of the ambulance in regard to operations, ergonomics and convenience.
Tim Perkins records from the StarPoints Symposium, hosted by Carilion Clinic, a healthcare system in Roanoke, VA. Tim's guests are Paul Davenport, senior director of Carilion Clinic Patient Transport, who discusses EMS safety issues, and Dr. John Burton, chief of emergency medicine at Carilion Clinic, who talks about selective spinal immobilization.
Featured EMS World Magazine Article
The capnography waveform is a key vital sign when determining treatment for both intubated and non-intubated patients in the field.
Our immune system is designed to protect us from harmful pathogens; here's what you need to know about how it works.
This CE activity is approved by EMS World Magazine, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 1.5 CEU. After reading the article, visit www.rapidce.com to take the CE test.
Paramedics now can earn a bachelor's degree online from Central Washington University (CWU). Paramedics who have earned two-year certification can complete CWU's Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine from anywhere in the U.S.
EMS United has been designed exclusively for EMS professionals. Check out this week's highlighted group: Conference Speakers. This group offers a site where speakers can list contact information for conference planners. Become part of EMS United today!
EMS Job Center Check out our all new EMS Job Center. This week's featured job: Paramedics, Mecklenburg Emergency Medical Services Agency, Charlotte, NC Sign up here to receive the new EMS Jobs e-newsletter.
Reader Poll: Downtime
This week we ask readers: How do you primarily fill downtime on a quiet shift?
Visit our Events Calendar to see what educational opportunities are in your area, plus post your own listings. Here are a selection of EMS upcoming training events:
- August 11-12: 2011 Southeast/Gulf Coast Regional HPSN, Mobile, AL
- August 29-September 2: EMS World Expo Las Vegas, NV
- September 13-18: National Association of EMS Educators Symposium, Reno, NV
Other top headlines this week on EMSWorld.com
- Released Calif. Inmate Killed After Hijacking Ambulance
- Pa. Agency Seeks to Improve Accuracy of Response Times Tracking
- Pa. Bill Would Keep 911 Time-Response Log Info from Public
- Rural/Metro's Social Media Recruitment Blitz Hits Times Square
- Fla. Sunbather's Head Run Over By Beach Patrol Vehicle
- Wide-Awake Drunk: Loko Consumers are Underage, Unwise & Unwell
- Ky. Man Accused of Improperly Using Ambulance
- Serious Injuries Reported After Oregon Ambulance Crash
- Mich. Communities Agree to Share Paramedic Services
- Calif. EMT Saves Man From Burning Pickup
- Study Urges Merging of Honolulu EMS, Fire
- Study: Canadian Trauma Care Bias Against Elderly, Women
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