This Week in EMS: Pandemic Response...Epilepsy Awareness...Ambulance Safety Solutions

This Week in EMS: Pandemic Response...Epilepsy Awareness...Ambulance Safety Solutions

News Oct 14, 2010

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Study: First Responders Reluctant to Work in Pandemic

Although first responders willingly put themselves in harm's way during disasters, new research indicates that they may not be as willing if the disaster is a potentially lethal pandemic.

Texas Ambulance Company Owner Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

Muhammed Nasiru Usman, who owned Royal Ambulance Service, Inc. and First Choice EMS, Inc. was convicted this past May on 14 charges, which included healthcare fraud and money laundering.

Tenn. Ambulance Driver Investigated After Wreck

A Walker County ambulance driver Gerald Zigner is under investigation after his vehicle swerved across U.S. Highway 27, police said, and hit an oncoming car two weeks ago. Police believe Zigner fell asleep at the wheel.

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Epilepsy for EMS

At some point in their lives, one person in 10 will experience a seizure. By age 75, 3% will have epilepsy. So if you, as an EMS provider, haven't encountered an epileptic or seizure patient to this point in your career, rest assured--you probably will. It is among the missions of the Epilepsy Foundation to help prepare public-safety responders for that. To that end, the foundation is preparing an educational program for EMS.

Continuing Education

Ambulance Safety Solutions

This special supplement, sponsored by ZOLL Medical Corporation, addresses a number of issue relating to ambulance safety. Industry experts weigh in on where we are today, what threatens us, what we can do about it, and what the future might hold. They offer numerous ideas, best practices and solutions for keeping our people and our patients alive and intact.

After reading this supplement, get 1.5 CE credits FREE courtesy of ZOLL. 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. Go to to take the test.

Point of View

Stuff I'd Wish They'd Taught Me in Class--Part 1: The Human Element

Before you complain about your next frequent flier, read this essay from EMS blogger Shao Trommashere, which details her regrets about her attitude toward an old lady who used to call for lift assists.

EMS Operations

Helicopter EMS--Part 1: A Brief History

When it comes to the development of helicopter EMS (a.k.a. HEMS), many of the foundations were built during military operations, with the Vietnam war considered the pivotal moment in air-medical transport, because it was at that time that in-flight medical treatments were also instituted.

EMS Life

Grand Rounds from the EMS Blogosphere: October 2010

This month, columnist Adam Thompson introduces readers to RapidResponseDoc, a physician out of the UK who works side by side with other prehospital care providers in a very progressive EMS system. Plus all the latest hot blogging topics and Adam's blogging tip of the month.

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 talks 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, Bryan Fass shows how you can use an inexpensive resistance band and your truck as a tether to keep you fit for duty.

Featured EMS Magazine Article: October 2010

Case Review: An Especially Difficult Airway

The call sounded fairly benign: "Worker hurt at a construction site." But the initial responding engine reports that this is a high-rise building, and the injury is up high in the structure. Attack One arrives to find a building under construction. The initial crew reports a severely injured worker at about the 50th floor.

EMS On the Hill

Wish List

In the current issue of EMS On the Hill, we report on the efforts of Advocates for EMS to craft a field EMS bill that will address the entire gamut of issues important to emergency medical providers in the prehospital world.

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.

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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 received 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.

EMS at the Movies

In the October issue of EMS World Magazine, editorial advisory board member Mike Rubin reviews six "classic" EMS movies. Now we would like to hear from you. Please rank the movies according to the Stars of Life ratings Mike used in his article. Also feel free to tell us what EMS-themed movies you like. One "lucky" person will be selected to win all six movies.

New Products

DSI Announces Integrated Stockroom Tracking Software for Emergency Services

Dynamic Systems, Inc., a Redmond, Washington software developer, specializing in data collection applications has announced the release of Stockroom for Emergency Services. The easy-to-use software keeps track of inventory items by location. The EMS Program can track inventory in the main stockroom as well as on individual ambulances or other emergency vehicles.

Featured Job

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Reader Poll: Conflict of Interest

This week we ask: New Orleans' EMS director resigned after local media reported she had worked part-time for a medical device company whose product was used on the city's ambulances. Is this an acceptable conflict of interest? 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.