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
The budget cut allowed the department to cross-staff, using firefighters to staff ambulances due to medical calls outnumbering fire calls.
Starting next year, the insurer will reimburse treatment that doesn’t require the emergency department.
One of the two Northern California wildfires have been fully contained due to cooler temperatures and light rain.
Kenneth Scheppke challenged longstanding traditions in patient care that have not withstood current scrutiny.

EMTs and other first responders who treated the wounded on scene of the Vegas shooting could be at risk for post-traumatic stress.

All EMS, fire, and law enforcement agencies in the county will participate in the drill along with 100 volunteers portraying victims of the shooting.
As the state begins facing the effects of the opioid crisis, medical professionals, law enforcement and prosecutors join the national discussion on possible solutions to the epidemic.
Only one of three in the country, the "rapid extrication team" assists in rescuing injured firefighters while local crews battle the forest fires.
The paramedic-staffed chase car would respond to ALS calls in a timelier manner and help alleviate several local fire departments' calls.
Las Vegas and Orlando massacres set a solemn tone for the normally festive event.
In a project to raise grant funding that began a year ago, the Richmond Ambulance Authority and VCU Health teamed up to provide 35 of Richmond’s Public Schools with Bleeding Control (BCON) equipment. 
Mercy Health's new two-story, 29,000 square foot center features a Level 1 trauma center, an expanded surgical area, and more comfortable patient and visitor access.
Luigi Daberdaku has made 1,500 sandwiches so far for the North Bay first responders managing the wildfires in California.
The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center dedicated to providing resources to those affected by the mass shooting will open on Monday at 1523 Pinto Lane.
A community of nearly 500 deaf people were the last to be notified and evacuated during the wildfires in Sonoma County, calling for better emergency alert systems.