This Week in EMS: Firefighter Videotape Scandal...AHA Guidelines...Ambulance Safety CE

This Week in EMS: Firefighter Videotape Scandal...AHA Guidelines...Ambulance Safety CE

News Oct 20, 2010

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Georgia First Responder Suspended for Videotaping Crash Victim's Body

Spalding County officials have scheduled a special meeting to release findings of their investigation into why a county firefighter took video of a fatal car accident and posted it on the Internet.

Push It Real Good: New CPR Guidelines Put Compressions First

The American Heart Association's long-awaited new guidelines for CPR reflect what the resuscitation community has learned in recent years: that fast, high-quality compressions, started quickly and sustained, are among the most vital components to helping a sudden cardiac arrest victim survive.

Ohio Flight Medic Suffers Fatal Heart Attack While on Duty

A flight medic in Wellston died of an apparent heart attack while on duty on Oct. 19, according to MedFlight. Shawn Baker had served with MedFlight in the Mobile Intensive Care Unit division, as well as the Rotor wing division since 1998.

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Aphasia Awareness

Aphasia is an acquired communication/language disorder, usually caused by stroke, head injury, brain tumor, or neurological conditions. Aphasia impairs a person's ability to speak, process language and sometimes understand others, but it does not affect intelligence. Do you know how to best communicate with a person with aphasia?

Career Development

Preparing to Present

You are listening to a presenter at a conference and think, "I have a great idea for a presentation, and I can do it at least as well as this guy (or girl)!" Sound familiar? Well, there is a lot to know about presenting at an EMS conference. This article outlines what types of conferences are out there, what conference planners are looking for, how to develop your presentation proposals and other aspects of the EMS speaking game.

EMS Operations

Grain Bin Burials

Grain bin burials typically happen when a farmer steps inside a bin to break up a layer of corn. Do you know how to respond to such a call? A new program in Ohio is teaching first responders what to do and how to do it.

Prehospital Profiles

Department Profile: Aurora Fire Department

Relationships are key ingredients in the success of any EMS or fire department. Making connections and building rapport within and outside of the department can go a long way to enhancing the care EMTs and paramedics deliver to the community. The Aurora (CO) Fire Department works with other members of the EMS system to make connections that improve services and programs.

The Corner Office: Practical Management for EMS Leaders

EMS Leadership Part 5: Idealized Influence Transformational Leadership in EMS

Supportive mentoring and empowering leadership ensure organizational success in EMS. Learn how you can achieve this through the practice of idealized influence transformational leadership.

Continuing Education

Ambulance Safety Solutions

A catastrophic ambulance collision in April 2008 that seriously injured two employees shook Rockland Paramedic Services to its core. The agency took a hard look at itself and put steps in motion to embrace a culture of safety throughout the organization. Learn how Rockland successfully implemented a culture of safety in this special supplement, sponsored by ZOLL Medical Corporation, which addresses a number of issues relating to ambulance safety.

After reading this supplement, get 1.5 CE credits courtesy of ZOLL by taking the CE test that accompanies the articles at 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

Lights! Camera! Lunacy! EMS in the Movies

When it comes to portraying our profession, these six films reviewed by EMS World Magazine columnist Mike Rubin, mostly missed the mark. Read what he had to say and then share your opinion by completing our survey for your chance to win all six movies.

EMS On the Hill

What Went Wrong?

There's a lot of talk about reducing errors in hospitals, but very little discussion about mistakes that happen during prehospital care. Now, thanks to a new program from healthcare software provider Quantros, developed in collaboration with the Missouri Center for Patient Safety (MOCPS), error reporting is about to become easier and safer for EMS personnel in that state. Learn more in the current issue of EMS On the Hill.

Continuing Education

EMS Management of Catastrophic Cheerleading Injuries

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

Open Airways Podcast

His Lucky Day

"The bleeding, swelling had gone down enough for him to actually start firing synapses again. He says, 'I just woke up and I went, Wow! I think I hit a moose!'" EMS professional Wilma Vinton tells FISDAP’s Sam Tape about the miraculous survival of a patient who hit a moose while riding his motorcycle on a remote Alaska road.

Featured Video

The Fit Responder: Resistance Band Training

Being fit, staying strong and making yourself ready to respond to the next call is not nearly as hard as many responders make it out to be. In this video, I show you how using an inexpensive resistance band and your truck as a tether can provide a series of exercises to keep you fit for duty.

New Products

US POD BOX Introduces the HICS/ICS Cart

The Hospital Incident Command System/Incident Command System Cart from US POD BOX can store all of your response plans, ICS vests and communications equipment, and functions as a point of command and organization. It features a unique "flip up" white erase board and an integrated power strip.


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.

8th Annual National EMS Systems Survey

EMS World Magazine and 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.

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Featured Forum Thread

Refreshing Article

lifevsdeathuk asks: Anyone catch Ray Barishansky's interview with Heather Davis in the October issue of EMS World Magazine? Quality assurance is indeed challenged by recent events in two New England states. Maybe modular refresher training for EMTs should be brought back into vogue at the national level. Some effort to do it and standardize it was made in the late 1970s. Is it time to consider it again?

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Reader Poll: Reporting for Duty

This week we ask: A study found more than 50% of first responders might not go to work during a serious pandemic, even if they were healthy. Would you consider skipping work in such a circumstance? Click here to let us know your thoughts.

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Nancy Perry, Editor
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.

EMTs and other first responders who treated the wounded on scene of the Vegas shooting could be at risk for post-traumatic stress.

All EMS, fire, and law enforcement agencies in the county will participate in the drill along with 100 volunteers portraying victims of the shooting.
As the state begins facing the effects of the opioid crisis, medical professionals, law enforcement and prosecutors join the national discussion on possible solutions to the epidemic.
Only one of three in the country, the "rapid extrication team" assists in rescuing injured firefighters while local crews battle the forest fires.
The paramedic-staffed chase car would respond to ALS calls in a timelier manner and help alleviate several local fire departments' calls.
Las Vegas and Orlando massacres set a solemn tone for the normally festive event.
In a project to raise grant funding that began a year ago, the Richmond Ambulance Authority and VCU Health teamed up to provide 35 of Richmond’s Public Schools with Bleeding Control (BCON) equipment. 
Mercy Health's new two-story, 29,000 square foot center features a Level 1 trauma center, an expanded surgical area, and more comfortable patient and visitor access.