This Week in EMS: Checklists in EMS...Conflict Management...AHA Guidelines

This Week in EMS: Checklists in EMS...Conflict Management...AHA Guidelines

News Nov 11, 2010

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Dashcam Video Captures Wild Police Chase, Ambulance Crash

A man accused of starting a police chase and causing an ambulance to crash with a patient on board told police he was "stupid" for trying to flee -- and the whole chase was caught on tape.

Ruling on Conn. EMT's Firing Over Facebook Post Could Set Precedent

A Connecticut woman who was fired after she posted disparaging remarks about her boss on Facebook has prompted a first-of-its-kind legal case by federal authorities who say her comments are protected speech under labor laws.

Family of Dead High School Football Player Sues N.C. Paramedic

A civil lawsuit will go on against the paramedic who visited Atlas Fraley before the former Chapel Hill High School player died two years ago.

EMS Operations

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If You Don't Have a Checklist, You Probably Should

The use of applicable checklists in EMS agencies has the potential to take some of the risk out of what we do. Checklists can be small or large, with varying degrees of complication depending on the specific situation they are being developed to cover. Learn how other agencies are implementing checklists to improve their operations.

The Corner Office: Practical Management for EMS Leaders

EMS Leadership Part 6: Conflict Management Alternatives for EMS Leaders and Staff

Ralph, who is director of Shade Tree County EMS, has a lot of conflict regarding his crews, and especially their interfacing with hospital staff at the local emergency room. His crews are increasingly getting into heated arguments with emergency room staff. He has been putting this crisis off, but things are getting worse and he must address these issues now. Learn how Ralph used preventative conflict management processes to manage conflict in the workplace.

EMS Life

Stuff I'd Wish They Taught Me in Class: Part 2--Humility

Just because you went to best EMT school in the state doesn't mean your skills are up to scratch. Read how this EMS World columnist was forced to eat some humble pie after faking her ability to take a manual blood pressure.

EMS Training Center

Emphasis on Action

When the American Heart Association announced its new CPR guidelines in October, it posed EMS leaders the challenge of reeducating not only their own providers, but their communities as well. The AHA acknowledged as much, noting that its change in recommended BLS sequence from A-B-C (airway, breathing, compressions/circulation) to C-A-B (putting compressions first) "will require reeducation of everyone who has ever learned CPR." Put that way, it's an imposing challenge.

Industry Best Practices

Cornell University EMS Asks: "Got Soap?"

Cornell University EMS (CUEMS) is once again organizing the Got Soap? public health campaign with Cornell's Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) on November 12. The plan is to distribute nearly 20,000 bars of soap on campus as part of the hand hygiene campaign.

Case Studies

Battery Power

Hatzolah in Brooklyn, NY, relies on TMS Medical Technologies' HIGHPAK 4.8Ah lithium batteries for all of the LIFEPAK 12 defibrillators carried on the agency's eight ambulances. Read why Coordinator and EMT Yehuda Mendelbaum says: "These batteries are incredible!"


The EMS Squadcast: National Association of State EMS Officials Meeting, October 2010

The EMS Squadcast is a podcast series dedicated to discussions relevant to the world of EMS today. Join Tim Perkins as The EMS Squadcast records at the annual meeting of the National Association of State EMS Officials in Norfolk, VA. Tim speaks to Karen Jacobson from NEMSIS on the importance of data in EMS and to state EMS directors Gary Brown of Virginia, Dennis Blair of Alabama and Lee Burns of New York about issues their respective EMS systems are facing.

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

Featured EMS World Magazine Article: November 2010

Chest Pain: The "Other" Diagnoses

Some of the non-cardiac causes of chest pain are common and some are rare, but all of them may cause patients to complain of chest pain. Taking an academic approach to chest pain may assist you in making the appropriate assessment.

Business News

CentreLearn Awarded Second Contract with U.S. Army National Guard

CentreLearn Solutions, LLC, has announced that the company, along with its administrative partner Chesapeake Consulting, Inc., has been awarded its second contract to provide online continuing education courses to all combat medics in the U.S. Army National Guard. A developer of online learning content management systems, Centrelearn will provide continuing education to more than 10,000 combat medics worldwide.

Featured Video

Schwarzenegger to Boost CA Emergency Response Capabilities

Governor Schwarzenegger joined with emergency responders, volunteers and private industry partners to highlight his administration's recent actions to strengthen the state's ability to respond to emergencies and natural disasters.


EMS World Webcasts: New AHA Guidelines

Register now for upcoming free webcasts from EMS World: Insights and Explanations of the New AHA Guidelines - Part 1: Basic Life Support, scheduled for December 7 at 2 p.m. EST, and 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. She is on the faculty at Loma Linda (CA) University's Cardiopulmonary Sciences department, specializing in resuscitation medicine, and frequently lectures in LLU Medical Center's paramedic bachelor's program. One hour of CE credit for each webcast is available. Webcasts sponsored by ZOLL Medical Corporation.

EMS Week 2011 Survey

EMS Week happens the third week in May to not only celebrate the men and women of EMS, but to help educate the public about issues of safety, readiness and the role of the EMS practitioner. Please answer this brief survey to help guide the development of materials for EMS Week and to share information about how your agency participates. Win a free registration to EMS World Expo in Las Vegas, NV, August 31-September 2! Tell us how you celebrate EMS Week. If you're selected to be profiled, you'll get a free three-day core program registration. Please complete the survey by November 19 for your chance to win!

Your EMS World Photo Contest

EMS World Magazine, and EMS World Expo invite you to submit photographs that represent your world in EMS. Submit photographs in the following categories: training, real-life incidents, community involvement and hanging with EMS colleagues. The grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to EMS World Expo 2011, August 31-September 2, in Las Vegas, NV.

EMS United

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Featured Job

EMTs/Paramedics, Eaton, OH

E.M.T., Inc. Ambulance, a leading private ambulance company, is looking for professional and career-oriented EMT basics, intermediates and paramedics.

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Reader Poll: On-Duty Accident

This week we ask: The fire-medic in last week's poll had a seizure while driving an engine and struck a house. He'd had one such seizure a year earlier, but no medical problem or cause was found. Should he have been prohibited from driving department vehicles? Click here to let us know your thoughts.

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Michael G. Guttenberg, DO, an emergency services leader at Northwell Health and FDNY first responder to the World Trade Center terror attacks on September 11, 2001, died Tuesday.
The military-grade mountable tablet is purpose-built for first responders with a unique, foldable keyboard cradle and dual pass-through antenna.
As overdose deaths in St. Joseph County increase, the state has donated free Narcan kits to crisis centers where overdoses are often seen.
If the referendum is approved by Maine voters, the expansion would allow 70,000 residents to become eligible for medication-assisted treatment.
Battalion Chief William Kocur, remembered as headstrong with a giant heart, died in a motorcycle accident on his way to his family's cabin.
Allina Health EMS was honored by NAEMT and EMS World with the Dick Ferneau Career EMS Service of the Year Award.
REMSA has released a new comprehensive white paper that provides detailed information on its highly successful Community Health Programs.
The annual meeting celebrated 139 military veterans and also featured education classes, antique ambulances, and a trade show.
Leaders want to provide first responders with guidelines to follow when handling calls relating to human trafficking.
The study will assess Florida's Division of Emergency Management's response to Hurricane Irma and determine the lessons learned.
The state funding will provide 120,000 doses for first responders, including Pittsburgh park rangers.
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.