This Week in EMS: Near-Miss Reporting...Interviewing Techniques...Notes on Trauma
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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.
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.
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.
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" 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Featured Forum Thread
DHaynes331 asks: Do any of you work as an EMT-B or paramedic while bringing up a family? If so, how do you deal with the hours and small pay rate? I am looking to get into a career in EMS, but from what I have read, it doesn't seem like the pay would be adequate to raise a family. Is it difficult to keep up your relationship with your husband or wife with the irregular hours?
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This week we ask our readers: What is your service's single greatest need for 2010?
Grant News & Resources
General Devices, celebrating 20 years in EMS and emergency medicine communications and telemedicine systems, has initiated a free grant assistance program to assist those in EMS and emergency medicine in locating grants, writing successful grant proposals and managing grant-funded projects.
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.
EMSResponder.com, CentreLearn Solutions and Emergency Preparedness Systems jointly announced the launch of the RapidCE.com Helping Heroes program, which offers certified first responders, EMTs and paramedics affected by the recession free continuing education to maintain their professional license or certification during their layoff or furlough.
The E9-1-1 Institute, the National Emergency Number Association, the Association of Public-Safety Communications-Officials International, the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators, and the 9-1-1 Industry Alliance have announced the opening of nominations for this year's Seventh Annual Honor Awards ceremony.
The January issue of EMS Magazine is now online and features articles on RSI protocols, abdominal pain, employment expectations of paramedic students, stroke care, professional behaviors and how to handle your EMS partner.
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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:
- February 5-7: NAEMSE Instructor Course, San Diego, CA
- February 28-March 4: Firehouse World/EMS Expo, San Diego, CA
- March 8-12: 29th Annual Mammoth Mountain Emergency Medicine Conference, Mammoth Mountain, CA
Other top headlines this week on EMSResponder.com
- Pa. Communities Balk on Support for Ross/West View EMS
- Flying Ice from Truck Severely Injures Motorist
- Charlotte Fire Department Voted Social Media Responder of 2009
- Maryland Ambulance Crashes Into Occupied School Bus
- New York EMT Dies on Duty
- Violent Patient Locked in D.C. Ambulance
- Rhode Island Ambulance Company Pays State $303,000
- Mass. Responder Revived at Fire Scene
- Utah Bill Could Move EMS from Health to Public Safety
- Tulsa Fire Officials: Layoffs Threaten Med System
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