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The Year's Best Articles: Our Choices and Yours

EMS World readers: What caught your attention this year?

At EMS World, we are committed to staying on top of the latest trends and bringing you the content that matters. To that end, we're always examining the analytics to learn more about what you are reading and responding to.

2019 was an eventful year in EMS, from a range of angles—research breakthroughs, legislative victories, agency mergers, practice scope expansions and more. Here's a look at our most popular content of the year, along with a selection of editors' picks of the articles we're most proud of. A brief note from the editorial staff provides a bit of context. Enjoy!

Most Popular Articles of 2019

The numbers don't lie—based strictly on total pageviews, these are the most popular articles we published in 2019.

1. Stress—The Silent Killer of the EMS Career


Content exploring the emotional impact of EMS work is a perennial interest among readers. Paramedic Hollie Backberg delves into protective strategies.

2. The Perils of Peri-Intubation Hypoxia


We've learned that when Jeffrey Jarvis writes or presents, people read and listen. In this article from January 2019, Jarvis tackles an all-too-common (and potentially deadly) airway complication.

3. Child's Play: Scoop and Run May Not be Best for Kids in Cardiac Arrest

Scoop and Run: Kids in Cardiac Arrest

You want to rush them to definitive care, but that might not be best. A team of authors including Paul Pepe and Editorial Advisory Board member Tracey Loscar outline a new approach to pediatric resuscitation in Florida that led to dramatic increases in ROSC rate and survival to hospital discharge for children with cardiac arrest. 

4. Journal Watch: A New Spinal Immobilization Protocol

Spinal Immobilization

Columnist Tony Fernandez takes a deep dive each month into a new research article with relevance to EMS practice. His March column discusses a 2018 study with some interesting findings related to immobilizing adults with cervical spine trauma.

5. Johnny and Roy: Still Great Role Models


It's been almost 50 years since this groundbreaking television show introduced the world to emergency medical services. And it's still setting the standard today.

Editors' Choices of 2019

Many times, the projects that we're most proud of don't show up among the most popular content. Here is a selection of Editors' Choices that we feel are worth a second look.

1. Bridging the Gap: Curbing Substance Use in Florida


EMS can play an important role not in just reversing overdoses but in bridging sufferers or substance use disorder to more definitive long-term treatment. EMS World's Assistant Editor Val Amato provides an outstanding example of a progressive EMS system doing that.

2. Faster Care in Mass Shootings

Faster Care in Mass Shootings

It's an undeniable reality today. EMS World brought you the stories of EMS response from shootings in Florida, Virginia, Texas, California and other locations. This detailed article from March 2019 profiles one Ohio service that designed a new approach to get to casualties quickly and safely.

3. How They Survive: 10 Strategies for Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac Arrest Summit

EMS is pushing into bold new directions, but resuscitation remains its core service. EMS World Senior Editor John Erich attended the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit in Seattle in December, and heard a best-practice checklist from the standard-setting Denmark service. Sometimes its important to revisit the fundamentals.

4. Nine New Years Resolutions for EMS

New Years Resolutions EMS

This article from early 2019 deserves a revisit, both because its list of wide-ranging recommendations is just as relevant for the ensuing year, and because it is itself a roundup of notable EMS World articles.

5. Five Questions With: Ryan Marino, MD, on Fentanyl Panic

Ryan Marino

A short interview, but a topic that continues to be misrepresented. Dermal exposure in the EMS setting is all but impossible. Absent extreme air movement, powdered opioids do not aerosolize. Standard universal precautions with nitrile gloves are sufficient.

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