This Week in EMS: EMS Crime Scene Response...WMD Training...Building a QA System

City Councilman Kenneth Stokes has threatened to reverse the contract American Medical Response has to serve in the area if the company doesn't send its workers into violent crime scenes, even before police arrive.


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Battle Over EMS Response to Crime Scenes in Miss.

City Councilman Kenneth Stokes has threatened to reverse the contract American Medical Response has to serve in the area if the company doesn't send its workers into violent crime scenes, even before police arrive.

Ambulance Standard Out for Review

The National Fire Protection Association's proposed new ambulance standard is available for public review, and comments are welcome through December 15.

Dispatcher's Role Mass. Choking Death Questioned

The 911 tape raises other questions about what assistance a choking victim received from the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office dispatcher who took the call.

Illinois Woman Impaled by Tree Branch During Storm Survives

The branch struck the woman near the abdomen and went through her side without striking any vital organs, but leaving her seriously injured.


EMS Training Center

Hazardous Materials Course Focuses on WMD Attack and Response

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, AL, offers the Hazardous Materials Technician for CBRNE Incidents course, which provides students an overview of the international and domestic threats with a spotlight on identification and decontamination of biological or chemical hazards. The CDP fully funds all training--including airfare, lodging and meals.


Clinical Care

Skills Station: Postherpetic Neuralgia

Postherpetic neuralgia is a painful condition involving the nerve fibers and skin and is a complication of shingles, or the herpes zoster, which results from chickenpox. Patients experiencing postherpetic neuralgia may have a variety of signs and symptoms, including pain and discomfort. While calls like these are not always acute, providers can still provide supportive care while recognizing that the patient is experiencing a chronic and potentially challenging situation.


The Corner Office: Practical Management for EMS Leaders

Building a Quality QA System

Even though QA may be the bane of the field staff, it is of utmost importance to management. You can use your QA information to develop a CQI program that will show how well your system is performing.


Reading Room

The Widow-Maker

On March 31, 2008, Patrick Fox, a relatively healthy, 48-year-old defied the odds and death six times when he suffered a "widow-maker" heart attack. One year later, Fox wrote The Widow-Maker Heart Attack at age 48, a book that provides hope and a pathway to recovery for other heart attack patients and their loved ones facing the same daunting, life-changing, unexpected experience.


Podcasts

The EMS Squadcast: EMS Expo 2010 in Dallas

The EMS Squadcast is a podcast series dedicated to discussions relevant to the world of EMS today. Join host Tim Perkins for two episodes recorded at the 2010 EMS World Expo in Dallas, TX. Tim speaks to Dave Page about measuring and evaluating the efficacy of clinical environments in EMS training, to Dan Limmer about the upcoming changes to the EMS education standards, to NAEMT membership committee member Aimee Binning about projects NAEMT is working on, and to Ray Barishansky about his article in the October issue of EMS World Magazine on COOP planning for EMS.


Continuing Education

Ambulance Safety Solutions

Ambulances are not built to a federal crash standard. Their patient compartments can have sharp edges, head-strike hazards and unsecured equipment flying about in a crash. Crash, injury and fatality rates are high. There are a lot of elements of danger. What can we do about them? The article Threat Assessment, which is part of a special supplement sponsored by ZOLL Medical Corporation, offers several strategies for addressing key danger areas.

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