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

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

News Jan 07, 2010

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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.

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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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Featured Forum Thread

Working in EMS with a family

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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Poll Question

This week we ask our readers: What is your service's single greatest need for 2010?

Grant News & Resources

General Devices Announces Grant Assistance Program

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.


Helping Heroes Program Offers Free CE, CentreLearn Solutions and Emergency Preparedness Systems jointly announced the launch of the 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.

Nomination Period Now Open for 9-1-1 Honor Awards

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.

January EMS Magazine

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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Michael G. Guttenberg, DO, an emergency services leader at Northwell Health and FDNY first responder to the World Trade Center terror attacks on September 11, 2001, died Tuesday.
The military-grade mountable tablet is purpose-built for first responders with a unique, foldable keyboard cradle and dual pass-through antenna.
As overdose deaths in St. Joseph County increase, the state has donated free Narcan kits to crisis centers where overdoses are often seen.
If the referendum is approved by Maine voters, the expansion would allow 70,000 residents to become eligible for medication-assisted treatment.
Battalion Chief William Kocur, remembered as headstrong with a giant heart, died in a motorcycle accident on his way to his family's cabin.
Allina Health EMS was honored by NAEMT and EMS World with the Dick Ferneau Career EMS Service of the Year Award.
REMSA has released a new comprehensive white paper that provides detailed information on its highly successful Community Health Programs.
The annual meeting celebrated 139 military veterans and also featured education classes, antique ambulances, and a trade show.
Leaders want to provide first responders with guidelines to follow when handling calls relating to human trafficking.
The study will assess Florida's Division of Emergency Management's response to Hurricane Irma and determine the lessons learned.
The state funding will provide 120,000 doses for first responders, including Pittsburgh park rangers.
The budget cut allowed the department to cross-staff, using firefighters to staff ambulances due to medical calls outnumbering fire calls.
Starting next year, the insurer will reimburse treatment that doesn’t require the emergency department.
One of the two Northern California wildfires have been fully contained due to cooler temperatures and light rain.
Kenneth Scheppke challenged longstanding traditions in patient care that have not withstood current scrutiny.