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EMS World July 2007

EMS World Magazine has been published continuously since 1972. Informative and balanced editorial content make EMS World Magazine the most authoritative source in the world for clinical and educational material designed to improve the delivery of prehospital emergency medical care. It is written, edited, illustrated and formatted to appeal to the full spectrum of EMS professionals: Paramedics, EMTs, administrators and instructors working in private and public services.
This month I had the opportunity to ride along with Greg Friese, who is part of a paramedic intercept program that started in January 2006 in Portage County, WI.

     It can be hard to own up to a mistake, especially a major one, but in the articles that make up this month's cover report, two veteran EMS providers admit to just that-- medical mistakes that…

NAEMSE Releases First Draft of New National EMS Education Standards
     The first draft of the new National EMS Education Standards, which will replace the longstanding DOT…

What if we all had to be perfect?
As the saying goes, "Everyone matters or no one matters."
Numerous vehicles in a freeway pileup mean numerous victims to treat and transport; tracking patient transport destinations is a responsibility of the scene.
Documentation is certainly not the most exciting of tasks in the EMS industry, but it may be the most important.
The patient's presentation can change without warning. Therefore, it is critical to continuously assess your patients and try to anticipate the next treatment modality.
The term pacemaker can be generically applied to four types of devices: implanted, transvenous, transthoracic and transcutaneous.
The Ontario Prehospital Advanced Life Support (OPALS) Study was a controlled clinical trial conducted in 15 cities before and after the implementation of a program to provide advanced life support…
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