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

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

News Mar 07, 2010

Sign up here to receive the EMS Weekly Recap in your e-mail.

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

Continue Reading

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.

Featured Job

EMS Training Officer, Juneau, AK

Capital City Fire & Rescue is recruiting for an Emergency Medical Services Training Officer to plan, coordinate and supervise the EMS training program.

Click above for details and visit for additional listings.

Sign up here to receive the new EMS Jobs e-newsletter.

Featured Forum Thread

Electronic BP in Ambulance

kidCLEVER38 asks: Do you prefer using a manual BP cuff for obtaining vitals while en route as the attending EMT on a rig or do you think you would prefer an automatic BP monitor? Currently we use manual BP cuffs, but I find it tough to get a good read with the rig bouncing about our wonderful So Cal roads. I think I would prefer an automatic based on ease of use. I mean, in the ER they're almost all automatic units being used before we transport, why not utilize the same technology en route? Besides, I can get BP and pulse all in one shot.

Follow the link to read more, or browse other topics at

Poll Question

This week we ask our readers: Vandals in the U.K. recently glued a helipad lock shut. Has your ambulance service ever had property damaged or operations delayed by vandals?

Grant & Scholarship News & Resources offers a comprehensive guide to the latest grant and scholarship news, plus information on federal, state, corporate and organizational grant resources. Featured News: Pa. to Receive $28.8 Million Federal Broadband Grant

Pennsylvania will receive a $28.8 million federal grant to help expand broadband infrastructure in northern Pennsylvania.

Have you recently written a successful grant proposal? Then we would like to hear from you for an article we are preparing on grantwriting best practices. Please e-mail your experiences to Nancy Perry, Editorial Director.

Website of the Week

Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition

Through joint strategic initiatives to focus the required attention and resources on the issues, the CPTC aims to increase awareness about the risk of fire smoke cyanide exposure as it relates to awareness, prevention, protection, detection, diagnosis and treatment.


EMS Magazine

The March issue of EMS Magazine is now available online. This month, we feature articles on career development, fluid resuscitation and abdominal trauma, plus a special supplement on EMS vehicle ops.

EMS on the Hill

The current issue of EMS on the Hill is now available. In this issue, we feature articles on NAEMT's EMS on the Hill Day, the recent FICEMS meeting in Washington, D.C., and coverage of the annual meeting of the National Association of EMS Physicians.

EMS Responder Daily Tips

Check out EMSResponder's daily tips. During March, we will feature daily vehicle safety tips. If you have a tip you would like to share with us, e-mail Editorial Director Nancy Perry. National EMS Awards of Excellence

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and EMS Magazine have established the National EMS Awards of Excellence program to recognize outstanding achievement in the EMS profession. The nomination period for these awards is now open. Don't miss your opportunity to win cash prizes and a trip to EMS EXPO. Follow EMSResponder on Twitter

Stay in touch 24/7 with breaking news and industry developments by following on Twitter to get daily EMS news headlines delivered to your Twitter account.

Upcoming Events

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:

Other top headlines this week on

We Want to Hear From You
If you have a news lead or story idea you would like to submit to, please e-mail

Source News
Nancy Perry
Crestline Coach attended the Eighth Annual Saskatchewan Health & Safety Leadership conference on June 8 to publicly sign the “Mission: Zero” charter on behalf of the organization, its employees and their families.
ImageTrend, Inc. announced the winners of the 2017 Hooley Awards, which recognize those who are serving in a new or innovative way to meet the needs of their organization, including developing programs or solutions to benefit providers, administrators, or the community.
Firefighters trained with the local hospital in a drill involving a chemical spill, practicing a decontamination process and setting up a mass casualty tent for patient treatment.
Many oppose officials nationwide who propose limiting Narcan treatment on patients who overdose multiple times to save city dollars, saying it's their job to save lives, not to play God.
While it's unclear what exact substance they were exposed to while treating a patient for cardiac arrest, two paramedics, an EMT and a fire chief were observed at a hospital after experiencing high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and mood changes.
After a forest fire broke out, students, residents and nursing home residents were evacuated and treated for light smoke inhalation before police started allowing people to return to their buildings.
AAA’s Stars of Life program celebrates the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession.
Forthcoming events across the country will provide a forum for questions and ideas
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has released its 2016 Annual Report summarizing HCOHSEM’s challenges, operations and key accomplishments during the past year.
Patients living in rural areas can wait up to 30 minutes on average for EMS to arrive, whereas suburban or urban residents will wait up to an average of seven minutes.
Tony Spadaro immediately started performing CPR on his wife, Donna, when she went into cardiac arrest, contributing to her survival coupled with the quick response of the local EMS team, who administered an AED shock to restore her heartbeat.
Sunstar Paramedics’ clinical services department and employee Stephen Glatstein received statewide awards.
A Good Samaritan, Jeremy English, flagged down a passing police officer asking him for Narcan after realizing the passengers in the parked car he stopped to help were overdosing on synthetic cannabinoids.
Family and fellow firefighters and paramedics mourn the loss of Todd Middendorf, 46, called "one of the cornerstones" of the department.