This Week in EMS: Public Safety Communications...EMS Uniform Issues...Behavioral Leadership

This Week in EMS: Public Safety Communications...EMS Uniform Issues...Behavioral Leadership

News Jan 13, 2011

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Civilian Dead, Four Responders Injured After Calif. Ambulance Collides With Car

A patient died and five others--including two firefighters and two paramedics--were injured after a Riverside County ambulance was involved in a crash.

Busy Chicago Hospital to Start Turning Away Ambulances

It's one of the busiest hospitals on the South side. But starting Saturday, Provident will no longer take ambulance calls, leaving area hospitals bracing for the impact on their own patient care.

Serious Ambulance Incidents Revealed by UK Newspaper

A string of lapses by ambulance staff-- including a patient who was locked in the back of a vehicle and left at the station--have been revealed.

EMS Operations

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Q&A with New SAFECOM Chair Kevin McGinnis

After four years as SAFECOM Executive Committee Vice-Chair, EMS system builder and paramedic Kevin McGinnis was elected Chair during the November 2010 Executive Committee meeting. In this exclusive Q&A, EMS World talks to Kevin about the current state of public safety communications.

EMS Life

When Johnny Met Rosie--Women in EMS Part 5: Keeping the "Girls" in Check

In this month's column, Tracey Loscar tackles the challenging task of finding a uniform that fits her female curves. "No matter which way you slice it, our general body morphology is different based on gender," she says. "From the average to the not-so-average sized woman, on the whole our measurement ratios just differ from men."

EMS Blogs

Grand Rounds From the EMS Blogosphere: January 2011

Grand Rounds provides regular updates from many of the most popular EMS blogs around the Web. EMS blogging has become very popular; this is just some of what is being talked about.

The Corner Office

EMS Leadership Part 8: Behavioral Leadership Considerations for EMS

Our behavior as EMS leaders is important, and we must be aware of how we apply our behavior and how it is perceived by our EMS team members. The behavioral approach provides us with a broad conceptual map that is useful in gaining an understanding of our own leadership behaviors.

Featured EMS World Magazine Article

2010 EMS World Innovation Awards

EMS World Expo's Top Innovation Awards recognize companies exhibiting at EMS EXPO that have produced innovative new products or products that have seen significant changes. At the 2010 Expo, attendees had the opportunity to make their way through a sea of vendors who were showcasing the latest tools of our trade. Read on to find our top 20 product innovations from the show.

Continuing Education

Wheezing in the Pediatric Patient

A wheeze is a high-pitched, musical, continuous sound that originates from oscillations in narrowed airways. Wheezing is most often the result of bronchiolitis in infants and asthma in older children. This article will discuss the similarities and differences between these two childhood diseases, along with management of the infant or child with wheezing.

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 CEUs. After reading the article, download the test that accompanies this article or take the CE test online at

Product News

ZOLL-Sponsored CIRC Trial Concludes Successfully

ZOLL Medical Corporation has announced the successful conclusion of the ZOLL-sponsored CIRC trial. The trial's Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) closed enrollment when an analysis of the data showed the load-distributing band (AutoPulse Non-invasive Cardiac Support Pump) to be equivalent to manual chest compressions.


Open Airways: The Ambulance House

"When we tried to open the door to get the ambulance out, we noticed that one of the doors had fallen through, or fallen down, and there was a big space at the top..." Joey Garcia and his sister Wenona come from a family of EMS professionals. In this podcast, they share one of their most memorable calls.


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EMS World Webcast Archives: Insights and Explanations of the New AHA Guidelines

View these archived presentations that will help make sense of the AHA's new 2010 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Basic Life Support (CPR) and Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) for adult and pediatric patients.

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Reader Poll: Fatigue in EMS

This week we ask readers: Have you ever made a fatigue-related error in patient care or vehicle operation? Click here to let us know your thoughts.

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Crestline Coach attended the Eighth Annual Saskatchewan Health & Safety Leadership conference on June 8 to publicly sign the “Mission: Zero” charter on behalf of the organization, its employees and their families.
ImageTrend, Inc. announced the winners of the 2017 Hooley Awards, which recognize those who are serving in a new or innovative way to meet the needs of their organization, including developing programs or solutions to benefit providers, administrators, or the community.
Firefighters trained with the local hospital in a drill involving a chemical spill, practicing a decontamination process and setting up a mass casualty tent for patient treatment.
Many oppose officials nationwide who propose limiting Narcan treatment on patients who overdose multiple times to save city dollars, saying it's their job to save lives, not to play God.
While it's unclear what exact substance they were exposed to while treating a patient for cardiac arrest, two paramedics, an EMT and a fire chief were observed at a hospital after experiencing high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and mood changes.
After a forest fire broke out, students, residents and nursing home residents were evacuated and treated for light smoke inhalation before police started allowing people to return to their buildings.
AAA’s Stars of Life program celebrates the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession.
Forthcoming events across the country will provide a forum for questions and ideas
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has released its 2016 Annual Report summarizing HCOHSEM’s challenges, operations and key accomplishments during the past year.
Patients living in rural areas can wait up to 30 minutes on average for EMS to arrive, whereas suburban or urban residents will wait up to an average of seven minutes.
Tony Spadaro immediately started performing CPR on his wife, Donna, when she went into cardiac arrest, contributing to her survival coupled with the quick response of the local EMS team, who administered an AED shock to restore her heartbeat.
Sunstar Paramedics’ clinical services department and employee Stephen Glatstein received statewide awards.
A Good Samaritan, Jeremy English, flagged down a passing police officer asking him for Narcan after realizing the passengers in the parked car he stopped to help were overdosing on synthetic cannabinoids.
Family and fellow firefighters and paramedics mourn the loss of Todd Middendorf, 46, called "one of the cornerstones" of the department.