This Week in EMS: Paramedic Journal Club...EMS Blogs...

This Week in EMS: Paramedic Journal Club...EMS Blogs...

News Dec 09, 2010

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Indiana EMT Killed in Ambulance Crash

The vehicle hit a tree, killing EMT David J. Gundle.

Wash. Responders Tackle Triggers of Non-Emergency Calls

In an effort to reduce the number of non-emergency calls, the Spokane Fire Department has established the Community Assistance Response Team in collaboration with Eastern Washington University's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Social Work.

Indy EMS Merger is First of its Kind in the Nation

The new Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services Department will be a partnership between the Indianapolis Fire Department, Wishard Memorial Hospital, Indiana University School of Medicine and the Health and Hospital Corporation.

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Social Science: Bay Area Medics Serve Dinner Along With Education

Continuing education can be pretty boring business. To the extent educators can liven things up, they'll get more engaged students who absorb and retain more. In California, the Bay Area Paramedic Journal Club has hit upon a format that's participatory, free-spoken and self-directed--and providers are responding.

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When Johnny Met Rosie--Women in EMS Part 4: God Save the Queen

In a career that we all acknowledge is male-dominated, where to succeed we often have to work harder, longer and with a different approach just to attain the equivalent respect, why is it that women are harder on each other than anyone else usually is?

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Grand Rounds from the EMS Blogosphere: December 2010

In this month's round-up of what's being talked about online, Adam Thompson highlights blogs that discuss critical care medicine, mobile apps, equipment research and war stories in EMS.

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Broadly defined, health information exchange is the automated electronic movement of people's health information across organizations, independent of information systems or software. It's going to make your job easier, and it's going to contribute to better patient care.

EMS World Webcast Archive

Insights and Explanations of the New AHA Guidelines - Part 1: Basic Life Support

View this archived presentation 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.

Continuing Education

Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is a rampant problem among today's adolescents. In 2004, more than 1.5 million teens met the diagnostic criteria for substance dependence and abuse. Here's what you need to know.

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

Product News

Braun Industries Releases Freedom Ambulance

"The Freedom is a model that meets the demands of the fire-based EMS community. After our introduction of the Braun Super Chief on the Spartan Furion, we have received numerous calls from customers about developing a product that has a larger module, can carry more firefighting equipment and offers a "built to suit" application," says Chad Brown for Braun.

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eSEE Online Storefront Launch

Southeastern Emergency Equipment launches its new eSEE online storefront.


EMS World Webcasts: New AHA Guidelines

Register now for the upcoming free webcast from EMS World: Insights and Explanations of the New AHA Guidelines - Part 2: Adult and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, scheduled for December 16 at 2 p.m. EST. Presenter Cindy Tait, EMT-P, RN, MPH, is a resuscitation expert and AHA regional faculty.

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EMS United has been designed exclusively for EMS professionals. This is your place to connect with your peers quickly and easily online. Ask questions, share tips & tricks, discuss business challenges & solutions, & much more. Become part of EMS United today!

Featured Job

Director of EMS, Moore County Hospital, Dumas, TX

Moore County Hospital District is looking for a director of EMS. Successful candidates must have three years of experience as a paramedic and must have disaster planning and emergency management experience. Prior experience as a director preferred.

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Reader Poll: Violence in EMS

This week we ask: The man who shot New York EMT Mark Davis got 16 years in prison. Would you favor increased sentences for those who harm active-duty EMS providers? Click here to let us know your thoughts.

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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.