This Week in EMS: Public Safety Communications...EMS Uniform Issues...Behavioral Leadership
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A patient died and five others--including two firefighters and two paramedics--were injured after a Riverside County ambulance was involved in a crash.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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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.
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 www.rapidce.com.
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.
"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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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.
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:
- February 12-13: AMLS, San Antonio, TX
- February 25-27: 18th Annual National Collegiate EMS Foundation Conference, Philadelphia, PA
- March 11-12: The Long, Hot Summer Conference 2011, Brooklyn Park, MN
Other top headlines this week on EMSWorld.com
- Tenn. Man Dies After 30-Minute Ambulance Wait
- Arizona Car Auction to Offer JFK Ambulance
- Pa. Woman Pleads Guilty to Taking $1M from EMS Provider
- Entire Staff of Ga. EMS Provider Resigns
- Detroit Changes Emergency Response Model
- AHA Wants States to Require CPR Training for Students
- FDNY Bombarded by Bizarre 911 Calls During December Blizzard
- More First Responders Enter Homes Via Lockboxes
- Robot Provides Real-Life Lessons for Texas Responders
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