This Week in EMS: A Recap for July 30 - August 5, 2011

This Week in EMS: A Recap for July 30 - August 5, 2011

News Aug 04, 2011

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Tennessee Responders Suspended for Facebook Picture

A Memphis paramedic and a firefighter were suspended for four hours after posting a picture of an injured patient on Facebook.

California Responders Rescue Teen Trapped Under Six Feet of Sand

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.

Calif. Paramedics Seeing Benefits of CPAP Devices

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.

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EMS Education

The Write Stuff--Part 8: Rewriting

"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?"

EMS Operations

EMS Revisited: Customer Care Part 4

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

Manager's Corner: Dealing with Your Enemies

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.

EMS Life

First Person: Work Shenanigans

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.

EMS Webcasts

Ambulance Safety Seating and Design, August 17, 3 p.m. EST

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.

EMS Podcasts

The EMS Squadcast

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

Capnography as a Clinical Tool

The capnography waveform is a key vital sign when determining treatment for both intubated and non-intubated patients in the field.

Continuing Education

The Immune System

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 to take the CE test.

Industry News

CWU Offers Online Bachelor's Degree to Paramedics

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

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? Click here to let us know your thoughts.

Upcoming Events

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:

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By Nancy Perry, Editor
Avaya plans to honor the Texas Commission as it sees the adoption of Kari’s Law build across the country, a law which would mandate any company or organization with multi-line telephone systems to provide direct-dial access to 9-1-1.
The company achieves a milestone of its first U.S. regulatory filing for a medical device which would aid in hemostasis and wound care.
Senators will have to vote on multiple amendments on the health care repeal bill.
County commissioners decided to write off over $5 million in uncollectible ambulance bills owed by residents, an amount that has been building since the 1940s.
The amount of deaths caused by substance abuse and mental health issues in the first half of 2017 have surpassed the total deaths of 2016.

The raging wildfires have forced 10,000 residents to evacuate their homes. 

For the first time in my EMS career, I froze.
The two agencies compete for ticket votes from blood donors to raise awareness for the increased need for blood during the summer.
Los Angeles firefighters and law enforcement are "resource rich" in nuclear threat preparation, like specialized trucks with advanced sensors for radiation levels, says the emergency operations commander.

Lee County, Fla. EMS will soon have its own substation in North Fort Myers. Chiefs for the North Fort Myers Fire District and Lee County EMS said it was time for a change because of overcrowding. 

EMS professionals are all taught to look for a MedicAlert bracelet or a necklace. This simple step has become much more complex in the information age, and we may not realize for what and where to look.
The drill involving over 200 people put multiple first responder agencies to the test.
The training was based on lessons learned from the Columbine shooting and taught school employees safety and security measures.
One third of the state's record-high 376 overdose deaths that occurred last year were caused by prescribed painkillers.
The training will be focused on prescribing buprenorphine, the drug used to assist patients in quitting their opiate addiction and relieve withdrawal symptoms.