This Week in EMS: National EMS Memorial Service...Orlando FD Patient Transport Plan...Pediatric Disaster Preparedness
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On Saturday, June, 26, EMS personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties will be honored in Colorado Springs, CO, and, for the first time, the National EMS Memorial Service will be streamed live.
After years of resisting, Orlando has reversed its position on using firefighters to transport sick and injured residents to the hospital.
A contentious agreement between Collier County and North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District about who can provide advanced life support on emergency calls is 90 days from being canceled.
Paramedics found a four-leaf clover stuck to the back of a young driver who survived a crash in Northumberland which left him speared through the chest by a fence post.
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When members of the National Commission on Children and Disasters last took stock in May, they weren't very happy. In a report delivered to the president and Congress, the NCCD measured federal progress toward recommendations the commission made in a 2009 interim report to better protect children in disasters. They found things weren't going as well as they'd hoped.
The St. Paul, MN-based EMS Academy, which was started one year ago, offers summer employment to low-income St. Paul youth, who are paid to attend the EMT certification program that will hopefully lead to a career in emergency medicine.
As part of EMS Magazine's 10th anniversary celebrations in the Jan/Feb 1982 issue, William L. Newkirk, MD, discussed the evolution of EMS management from the 1970s to the early 1980s. "EMS managers were often low in the management hierarchy," says Newkirk. "Indeed, managing EMS was often a training period for administrators because it was a good place to learn from mistakes before entering inpatient management and important work. Then, almost overnight, EMS got hot."
If you need care in eastern Washington, you would be well served to have Benton County Fire Protection District #2 respond to your pleas for help. All members of the department--comprised of a mix of career (4), volunteer (35) and resident (6) firefighters, the only such ALS provider in eastern Washington to be classified as a combination department with both paid and volunteer members--are cross trained in EMS, minimally as EMT basics, although about half are trained as EMT intermediates and several are paramedics.
New This Month: Reading Room
Don't miss our Q&A with Joseph Clark, author of My Ambulance Education, in which Clark, who is a professor in the University of Cincinnati's Department of Neurology, recalls his early career as an EMT.
Editorial Spotlight: Health and Safety Week 2010
Safety, Health and Survival Week is a collaborative program sponsored by the IAFC and the IAFF. The theme of this year's Safety Week, which runs June 20-26, is Fit for Duty. EMSResponder's Safety Week coverage includes content focusing on personal health and wellness issues and agency best practices.
- Safety Week 2010: This five-part series reviews personal health issues that can greatly impact your well-being
- Stress and Sleep Deprivation in EMS: Simple techniques can help limit and even reverse the effects of fatigue and stress
- Reworking Rehab: A truck renovation enabled one agency to provide comprehensive on-scene rehab
- Risk Management Program Puts Safety First
Featured EMS Magazine Article: June 2010
"Most of the mistakes we make in prehospital emergency medicine are from inadequate patient assessment," says Jeff Beeson, DO, RN, LP, associate medical director for the Emergency Physician's Advisory Board, which provides medical oversight for the MedStar system in Fort Worth, TX. In this Q&A, Beeson discusses how EMS providers can unmask the thinking that leads to mistakes in prehospital care. He will also speak on this subject at this year's EMS EXPO, scheduled for Sept. 27-Oct. 1 in Dallas. For more information, visit www.emsexpo2010.com.
Children's bodies are a world apart from adults'. One of the easiest ways to understand why drugs may have different actions and different effects in children is to take a system-by-system approach to pediatric anatomy.
This CE activity is approved by EMS 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.
Additional CE Articles
This presentation sponsored by Philips discusses the value of ST depression and ST elevation in helping to better localize the acutely ischemic/infracted region and predict the site of occlusion within the involved coronary artery. The overall goal is to recognize clues in the ECG that will shorten the interval from discovery to treatment and improve patient outcome. After viewing this video, take the CE test that accompanies this lesson at www.rapidce.com.
This CE activity is approved by EMS Magazine, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for .5 CEUs. After viewing the video, take the CE test that accompanies this lesson at www.rapidce.com.
ZOLL Medical Corporation has been designated a nominated supplier by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) for its ZOLL AED Plus® and ZOLL AED Pro®. Under the terms of the Level 1 Community Resuscitation Program tender, ZOLL is the sole supplier to the BHF. The BHF plans to purchase AED Plus units for the next three years to distribute in public places and areas of need throughout the United Kingdom.
Website of the Week
The mission of the National EMS Memorial Service is to honor and remember those men and women of America's Emergency Medical Services who have given their lives in the line of duty, and to recognize the sacrifice they have made in service to their communities and their fellow man. This year's Memorial Service, which will be streamed live, is scheduled for June 26.
Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a total army.
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This week we ask: Have you ever known a colleague to steal from a patient? Click here to let us know your thoughts.
EMS Responder's Grant Resource Guide provides news, articles and resources relating to grant writing and fundraising for EMS and public safety agencies.
The National Trauma Institute (NTI), a non-profit organization dedicated to funding trauma research in the United States, will grant $2.8 million to promising trauma studies. In its second national request for proposals, NTI seeks rigorous clinical studies, especially those addressing hemorrhage, intensive care, trauma systems or prehospital care.
Nominations are now open for the Robert G. Nixon EMS EXPO Scholarship Program, which awards two scholarships each year for EMS providers to attend EMS EXPO. The scholarship consists of a 3-day core program registration to EMS EXPO and $1,000 stipend to cover travel and expenses. Nominations must be received by August 2.
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National EMS Awards of Excellence: Win a Trip to EMS EXPO!
The deadline to enter the National EMS Awards of Excellence is July 1. Don't miss your opportunity to win cash prizes and a trip to EMS EXPO 2010 in Dallas, TX, September 27-October 1. Visit our awards page to enter today. EMS Responder Daily Tips
EMS Magazine June 2010
The June issue of EMS Magazine is now available online. This month's cover report highlights a unique prehospital sepsis alert program in Colorado.
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:
- June 30-July 1: ClinCon International, Orlando, FL
- July 20-25: Firehouse Expo, Baltimore, MD
- July 26-30: Pinnacle Conference, San Diego, CA
- August 6-7: International EMS Competition, Utica, NY
- August 26-28: Vital Signs, New York City, NY
Other top headlines this week on EMSResponder.com
- Three Fla. Medics Sickened by CO
- N.M. Mulls EMS Background Checks
- UK 999 Crews to Lose 'Health and Safety' Regulations
- Fla. Deputy Saves Tiny Baby with CPR
- Fatal D.C. Metro Train Crash Remembered One Year Later
- Misuse of Fentanyl on Rise in W. Va. and Nation
- Three Maine Firefighters Seriously Hurt Carrying Patient
- New Colo. Ambulance Sirens Will Vibrate Drivers
- Spy Cameras Tackle Attacks on UK Emergency Crews
- Mass. Firefighter Suspended for Role in False EMT Certifications
- Woman Rescued from Waste-Filled Ga. Home
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