This Week in EMS: A Recap for November 20 - 26, 2010

St. Petersburg, FL, could bring in millions of extra dollars if it pulled out of the countywide emergency services system and let firefighters take patients to the hospital, concludes a city-sponsored study.


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Florida City Could Save Millions by Pulling Out of Countywide EMS System

St. Petersburg, FL, could bring in millions of extra dollars if it pulled out of the countywide emergency services system and let firefighters take patients to the hospital, concludes a city-sponsored study.

Calif. EMT Probed for Allegedly Releasing Patient Info.

The leaders of the city's police and firefighter unions, both involved in labor disputes with the city, are under investigation by their respective departments for alleged misconduct.

Ambulance Flips, Traps Crew in Pa.

Icy roads caused an ambulance to overturn and trap two crew members inside in Fayette County on Saturday morning, emergency responders said.


EMS Training Center

Therapeutic Hypothermia: A New Potential for Post-Cardiac Arrest Care

Annually, around 300,000 adults in the United States experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. These patients have a variety of treatment regimens available. However, according to the University of Pennsylvania's Raina M. Merchant, MD, "Therapeutic hypothermia is the only post-resuscitation therapy shown to improve both survival and reduce disability after cardiac arrest."


The Corner Office

Healthcare Law Updates for EMS Managers

The ruling is in: CMS will begin to pay ambulance claims based on fractional mileage. This rule was supposed to go into effect January 1, 2010, however, due to numerous comments on the burden of this requirement on ambulance suppliers, CMS postponed the effective date. Now CMS has published its response to those comments and stated that the burden is not significant in the face of the $45 million CMS believes this change will save Medicare.


EMS Revisited

Paradise City EMS: Looking for Life Among the Ruins

"Green-clad medics are set to charge forth and rove, looking for God only knows what. But, green is good; it's better to look like a garbage man than a cop," wrote Carl Post in an essay about EMS life in New York that was published in the September 1989 issue of EMS Magazine. "People don't usually shoot the sanitation workers; they don't usually off the medics. Some wear Teflon body armor, but the bosses aren't into it. The older folks figure that wearing protection leads to the need to have it."


Featured EMS World Magazine Article: November 2010

The EMS Book Club

If you are looking for a unique holiday gift for that special person in your life who just can't get enough EMS, then check out these entertaining tomes not yet available at a bookstore near you.


Podcasts

Open Airways: Spiromightajesus

"Our patients are not familiar with our medical terms. And so when we talk to them it's important for us to use language that they can understand." In this podcast, EMS director Ginny O'Brien explains the important distinctions between the type of language you may use with your patients in the field, and the type of language that is appropriate to use with the doctors and nurses at the hospital.


Continuing Education

A Silent Death

Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning death in the United States. It contributes to a minimum of 40,000 emergency department visits and 500 unintentional deaths annually. There are an additional 4,500-5,000 intentional (suicide) carbon monoxide poisoning deaths each year. As the symptoms are often vague and attributed to other ailments such as the flu, many experts believe that an additional 11,000 cases per year are undetected or misdiagnosed.

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 atwww.rapidce.com.

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