This Week in EMS: EMS Crime Scene Response...WMD Training...Building a QA System
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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.
The National Fire Protection Association's proposed new ambulance standard is available for public review, and comments are welcome through December 15.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
After reading this supplement, get 1.5 CE credits courtesy of ZOLL by taking the CE test that accompanies the articles at www.rapidce.com. 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.
Featured EMS World Magazine Article: October 2010
In this month's Q&A, we ask EMS educator Heather Davis: Is EMS refresher training pointless or poorly executed?
Thirty years ago, cheerleading was limited to energetic toe touch jumps, splits, claps and pom-pom shaking. Today, cheerleading routines include more technical tumbling, partner stunts, multilevel pyramids, lifts, catches and tosses. Likewise, the number and severity of injuries seen at all levels of cheerleading has increased. With over 3.6 million cheerleaders in the United States, it is reasonable to believe that many EMS providers will have the opportunity to respond to an emergency at a cheerleading event at some point during their careers.
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, take the CE test that accompanies this lesson at www.rapidce.com.
If you missed this year's EMS Expo, you can now view the Opening Ceremonies posted in our all-new video network.
Today, hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country have the opportunity to strengthen their ability to respond to disasters, health pandemics and acts of terrorism. With $390.5 million in hospital preparedness funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services available nationwide in 2010-2011, the pressing question that fund recipients are asking: How can we best leverage these federal funds to enhance our ability to serve our local communities in an emergency?
EMS World Magazine, EMSWorld.com 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 World Magazine and EMSWorld.com are proud to offer the 8th annual comprehensive survey of EMS systems in the United States. Take the survey and win! If you participate, you will be entered into a drawing to win one TPAK 700 CPR Prompt® 7-Pack courtesy of Nasco Healthcare.
Provides supervision of clinical course content and activities of the Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) program. Schedules EMT student clinical rotations. Advises and counsels students on proper documentation techniques and provides feedback to students.
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Reader Poll: Blood Draws
This week we ask: Under a new law in Ohio, EMS providers can, at the request of law enforcement, draw blood at crash scenes from drivers suspected of using alcohol or drugs. Do you have and support such a law in your state? 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:
- November 3-5: Advanced Hazmat Life Support Provider/Instructor, Jacksonville, FL
- November 5: The 2010 San Diego Day of Trauma, San Diego, CA
- November 19-20: Creighton University EMS Competition, Omaha, Nebraska
Other top headlines this week on EMSWorld.com
- Tenn. LifeFlight Crews Undergo Survival Training
- N.C. Firefighters to Begin Running All Medical Calls
- EMS Director, North Naples (Fla.) Fire Debate ALS
- Fla. Firefighters Suspended for Taking Ambulance to Party
- UK Paramedic Who Got High On Duty Put on Probation
- Texas Ambulance Transporting Patient Bursts into Flames
- 16 Hospitalized During Calif. 'Monster Massive' Rave
- 37 Women Sickened at University of Michigan Sorority House
- Safety of 24-Hour Shifts Questioned After Ga. Ambo Crash
- Pedestrian Killed, 21 Injured After Car Hits L.A. School Bus
- California Ambulance Crash Injures Five People
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