This Week in EMS: Pa. Paramedic Killed...CPR Guidelines Discussed...Eagles Honor Top Doc

A Bensalem paramedic died March 7 of injuries suffered when he and others tried to approach an emotionally disturbed man who was threatening suicide, police said.

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Pennsylvania Paramedic Killed by Emotionally Disturbed Man

A Bensalem paramedic died March 7 of injuries suffered when he and others tried to approach an emotionally disturbed man who was threatening suicide, police said.

Future of CPR Discussed at Firehouse World

The American Heart Association is expected to release new guidelines later in 2010, and agencies should prepare themselves now for the potential impacts, according to Joshua Stapleton, Fire Capt./Paramedic and an EMS Representative for the AHA Regional Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee.

Eagles Honor Top EMS Doc Stewart

Twenty-five years to the day after the National Association of EMS Physicians was founded, America's leading EMS docs honored its first president. On Feb. 26 in Dallas, renowned emergency physician Ronald D. Stewart, MD, FACEP, received the Paul E. Pepe Excellence in EMS Award at the EMS State of the Sciences Conference, better known as the Gathering of Eagles.

Notes on Trauma

Poor Documentation Associated with Increased Mortality

Columnist Will Chapleau: "We're taught throughout our career that "if it isn't written down, it didn't happen." Whether working in the field, teaching or working as an administrator, I've always stressed the importance of thorough documentation to ensure continuity of care and to have a written history of this event in the patient's life, so a paper published in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons was disturbing."

EMS Training Center

The Perfect Storm

As a nor'easter brewed off the coast of Virginia in November 2009, the nearly 1,800 people trained in emergency medicine who were checking in at the downtown Norfolk Waterside Marriott for the Office of Emergency Medical Symposium (OEMS) conference didn't anticipate what would happen, or that this would be one of the most memorable conferences to date.

The Corner Office

Healthcare Law Updates for EMS Managers

Stay current on the latest in healthcare legislation. This month: patient care responsibilities at skilled nursing facilities, Medicare payment delays and post-payment audits.

Featured Article

The Path Less Traveled: Career Options for EMS Providers

There's something to be said for taking the path less traveled. There are some clear advantages to leaving the security of the well-trodden trail and venturing off into uncharted territory. If you've been looking for something a little different lately, perhaps a new challenge or a change of scenery, author Steve Whitehead would like to tell you about some folks who've traveled less-traditional paths through their EMS careers.

Continuing Education

Abdominal Trauma

Blunt and penetrating abdominal trauma are major causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States, particularly because it can be very difficult to recognize clear symptoms early. This article discusses the incidence and epidemiology of abdominal trauma, reviews abdominal anatomy, discusses the mechanisms of injury for abdominal trauma, explains an abdominal assessment as part of a trauma exam and discusses prehospital management.

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 this article, take the CE test that accompanies this lesson at

Business News

Physio-Control to Resume Unrestricted LIFEPAK Shipments

Physio-Control Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Medtronic, Inc., has received notice from the FDA that, having successfully met requirements for improvements to its quality system, the company may resume unrestricted worldwide shipments of its external defibrillators.

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