This Week in EMS: Near-Miss Reporting...Interviewing Techniques...Notes on Trauma

A record number of reports were submitted to the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System last year.

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Near-Miss Reporting System Hits Record

A record number of reports were submitted to the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System last year. In addition to those on the fire ground, responders are sharing experiences that happened on EMS, wildland and hazmat calls, as well as problems that occurred while driving.

Dozens Respond to St. Louis Rampage

An employee armed with an assault rifle and a handgun walked into a manufacturing plant Thursday morning and opened fire, killing at least three people and wounding five others, authorities said. Dozens of emergency vehicles circled the sprawling plant on a day made more chaotic by several inches of snow that snarled traffic in the St. Louis region.

California Man Dies After Declining EMS

Justin Spisak, the San Luis Obispo man who declined medical aid after crashing his truck in the North County on Nov. 27, died from blunt force trauma to the head in combination with multiple drugs in his system.

EMS Operations

Innovative Interviewing Techniques

In an era of the greatest paramedic shortage in history and the largest segment of the population becoming elderly, it's difficult for EMS systems to turn down anyone who has the proper credentials and is willing to work for them. Using behavior-based interview questions can be one way EMS managers can improve their chances of finding the perfect employee.

Training & Resources

Notes on Trauma

"Notes on Trauma" is a new monthly column that will discuss science, education, training and legislation relating to trauma care from across the nation and around the world.

EMS Field Instruction: Part 4--How to Get the Most Out of Your Training Program

Although your field instruction program is designed to train you, learning is, in large part, up to you. A desire to learn will be your best tool for absorbing all the information that will be presented to you.

Featured Article

2009 Innovation Awards

EMS Magazine announces the Top 20 most innovative products launched at EMS EXPO. Products featured include the Ambu SmartMan CPR Skills Training and Feedback Manikin, the Fast Set-3 Moldable Splint Kit from Faretec, the IntuBrite HyperVisualization System from IntuBrite, LLC, Physio-Control's LUCAS 2 Chest Compression System and the RescueNet Link System from ZOLL.

Continuing Education

Abdominal Pain

Because EMS agencies respond to requests for assistance due to abdominal pain, providers should have a basic understanding of abdominal anatomy, as well as the conditions that can result in abdominal pain or discomfort. This month's CE article provides a general overview of abdominal pathology.

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.

Industry News

Circulation Improving Resuscitation Care Trial Continues as Planned after First Review of Data

Data from the international trial that is testing the effectiveness of the FDA-cleared AutoPulse Non-invasive Cardiac Support Pump, in comparison to manual chest compressions alone, was fully reviewed by the Data Safety Monitoring Board.

Featured Job

Paramedic, Laurens County EMS, SC

The individual selected for the position will function as the lead medical staff for shift specific field operations and training while providing emergency, prehospital care and transportation to the critically injured or ill within the parameters of the license/certification. Will also provide training of new employees and other assigned administrative duties pertinent to the efficient function of the department.

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