Intriguing opinion piece in the New York Times about Health Care Workers and the influenza vaccine. The author believes we have a duty. Do you agree? Share your opinions in the comments. <a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/6569015/”>Do health care workers have a duty to receive the influenza vaccine?</a> From EMS1.com – 3 Reasons You Need the Flu Vaccine read more..
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Rob Lawrence launched the Motorcycle Rider Alert program in Richmond, Va., on April 12, 2011, by the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) and Bon Secours Virginia Health System, in partnership with Motorcycle Virginia, Inc. In 2010, there were 76 motorcycle fatalities [...] read more..
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
I have been waiting for a long time for pre-hospital medications and devices to get smarter. Microprocessors are small and cheap and guide us through all sorts of routine tasks. For years my GPS has talked me through byzantine highway interchanges, mazes of one way streets, and rural roads. It makes perfect sense that a [...] read more..
Hurricane licenses, evacuating the elderly, the West Nile virus and we’re going to take a special look at the West Nile virus in a special interview segment with our good friends at the This Week in Virology podcast. All that and more, coming up in this episode of the MedicCast.Read more on West Nile Virus Interview and Episode 298… read more..
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This week we have a full podcast where Dr. Wesley talks about Bloggers and if they are relevant as a news/information source. It is a long episode and has some fun outtakes at the end, so listen through the credits. Featuring: Chris Montera chrismontera.com Dr. Keith Wesley jems.com, Mark Glencorse 999medic.com chroniclesofems.com Buck Feris gomerville.com [...] read more..
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Thursday, 23 August 2012
This is an article I found over at theindychannel.com and this is from Indianapolis Louisiana, looking at how EMS officials are preparing their Super Bowl evacuation plans. The Super Bowl are going to be in Indianapolis this year in 2012 they are coming up I guess February. Certainly, first responders need to be prepared before a mass evacuation. If something were to happen at the stadium during the game or prior to the game there’s a huge number of people gathered there for this event and how do you get them out of there safely and effectively and as rapidly as possible while maintaining safety. They tried several different plans in this article to look and see which one will move people out of town when they thought about something like an earthquake or something like that. They are really looking to see what it would take to get people outside of town and use transportation rally points to center the evacuation on and then use those rally points to get people out of town as rapidly as possible. There’s going to be a lot of cars blocking the road. They realized traffic is going to just bug everything down. Heck! Everybody ever seen any of those disaster movies knows what the highways would look like in the case of a mass evacuation from a city. There needs to be a way to get people together, come to this transportation rally points and then go ahead and help people get the care they need. If they need medical care or public safety of other sorts they can get it there from EMS officials and providers and then go ahead and get these people on to buses and out of town on these predetermined routes and into Red Cross shelters outside of town.Read more on Indianapolis EMS Get Set for Super Bowl Evac Plans… read more..
Sunday, 19 August 2012
On tonight’s EMS Educast co-host Greg and Bill have a conversation with David Blevins, Paramedic Program Director, Allied Health Science, Roane State Community College. Show Links: Kansas EMS Association Conference and Facebook page National Association of EMS Educations (NAEMSE) National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) EMSGrantsHelp.com David Blevins columns at EMSGrantsHelp.com Firehouse Subs Foundation Walmart Community Grants [...] read more..
Saturday, 11 August 2012
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky (WYMT) – One person had to be rushed to the hospital after a crash involving an ambulance. It happened along Highway 25W in Whitley County, not far from Williamsburg. The Whitley County Sheriff tells us the ambulance was heading to a call when a car hit it. Someone in the car was injured, [...] read more..
Long Beach Fire Department considers single paramedic response system
LONG BEACH, CA – As the Long Beach Fire Department struggles to find fat to trim after years of reductions, officials are considering putting a single paramedic on each responding vehicle instead of running two-paramedic teams. Fire command staff and city officials are presenting the switch as a way to shorten response times by requiring [...] read more..
Cops: Paramedic accused of assaulting woman outside of police station
GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Gaston County paramedic is accused of assaulting a woman in the parking lot of a police station, according to police. Police say 49-year-old Bryan Allen Geouge is accused of assaulting a female dispatcher late Monday night in the parking lot of the Gaston County Police Department. Geouge told officers that [...] read more..
This week we discuss: A Death of Historical Significance The closing of Saint Vincent’s Hospital in New York City marks the end of an era (looking to interview one person from St. V’s) Lights versus Sirens Ignorance and Misunderstanding Science http://roguemedic.blogspot.com/2010/04/ignorance-and-misunderstanding-science.html The Frontline episode is embedded in my post, but here is a direct link [...] read more..
Thursday, 9 August 2012
We’re all very aware of the things going on with the that happened a couple of weeks ago in Aurora, Colorado. The mass casualty incident that occurred there in the movie theater was horrible. It’s raised awareness about mass casualty incidents in EMS circles.Read more on Were Aurora Ambulances Slow to Arrive?… read more..
Lead with your Very Best Menu Item
This week I am at the National Association of EMS Educators symposium at Walt Disney World. I love it here. On this trip, like many of my trips, I will be eating out. On the road when I can eat a sit-down meal I like to try local restaurants rather than a chain restaurant. I [...] read more..
On tonight’s Olympics edition of the EMSEduCast co-host Greg, Rob, and Bill have a conversation regarding how each of us prepare to present at an EMS conference. Articles Post–Cardiac Arrest Mortality Is Declining: A Study of the US National Inpatient Sample 2001 to 2009 Implementation of the Fifth Link of the Chain of Survival Concept [...] read more..
Bigham BL, Koprowicz K, Aufderheide TP, Davis DP, Donn S, Powell J, Suffoletto B, Nafziger S, Stouffer J, Idris A, Morrison LJ; ROC Investigators. Delayed prehospital implementation of the 2005 American Heart Association guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiac care. Prehosp EmergCare. Jul-Sep;14(3):355-60, 2010. Followup discussion regarding the guideline development process. Panelists: Harry Mueller [...] read more..
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Your EMS organization or fire department can monitor the social web using searches and RSS feeds. Step 1: Create at least one Google Alert for your department, organization or business. Consider other alerts for names of key personnel, community name with key words like fire and EMS, and other search terms relevant to your business [...] read more..
Ambulances versus pedestrians, ambulances and mass casualty incidents, and ambulances and research, plus we’re going to take a look and revisit some information on heat related emergencies. If that’s what you’re looking for you found it right here on the MedicCast.Read more on EMS Heat Related Emergencies Revisited and Episode 294… read more..
In this episode of Remember 2 Things Steve Whitehead shares two tips for encounters with angry patients. As you interact with an angry patient try not to match their emotion or anger. You yelling won’t help with the situation. You are rarely going to convince them they are wrong so you are better off using [...] read more..
This week we discuss: http://www.ems1.com/ems-social-media/articles/1039144-Social-media-in-EMS-Are-you-an-Egyptian/ EMS Week. What did you do or what should you do? http://www.jems.com/article/patient-care/ems-providers-who-drive-maniac Do you drive like a maniac? Featuring: Chris Montera Scott Keir Buck Feris Russell Stine David Konig Tim Noonan Chris Kaiser read more..
Friday, 20 July 2012
EMS professionals are challenged to balance work, family, and other obligations while also staying or striving for mental and physical fitness. The Everyday EMS Athlete is a regular column to recognize and learn from other EMS professionals that are setting and meeting fitness goals. This edition was contributed by EMT Joe Phelps. Q: What is [...] read more..
On episode 141 of the EMSEduCast – the podcast by and for EMS educators – I discuss with my co-hosts Rob Theriault and Bill Toon methods for perfecting your craft as an EMS professional. Listen to Episode 141: Perfecting Your Craft Read a blog post response/follow-up from Dave Aber – perfecting your craft – what [...] read more..
“Check for medical alert tags or bracelets.” Your EMT instructor probably made you repeat this phrase dozens of times through the course of your EMT class. Checking for medical alert bracelets is a staple of the EMT medical and trauma stations. It’s right up there with, “I’m wearing my BSI. The scene appears to be [...] read more..
We don't usually publish what our readers send us, but this pink AK-47 caught our fancy. Our friend, Brian, submitted pictures of his wife's birthday gift. And we had to publish them. Don't be fooled by the girly finish, this gun packs a whopper of a punch. Read on for more pictures. read more..
Saturday, 14 July 2012
BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, PA — A vehicle struck an ambulance that was transporting a person who was involved in a motor vehicle accident earlier on Friday. That person was transported to Aria Health’s Torresdale campus in Philadelphia by another ambulance, said Christopher Reif, chief of the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad. The person’s condition was unknown Friday afternoon, [...] read more..
Monday, 9 July 2012
The first half of 2012 I focused on training for and racing shorter distances, 5k to 15k, while also building a good foundation for a fall marathon. As of June 30 I am feeling good, at my lowest weight in 15 years, and fastest I have ever been. To get to this point: 653 miles [...] read more..
As a subject matter expert, author, speaker/trainer and all around fitness and wellness guy I am often asked the same question over and over again. Why do you do all that crazy stuff when you work out? Flipping tires, sprinting up the biggest hill I can find, turning a play ground into a big functional [...] read more..
At about 10 a.m. central time today, July 4, the weekly email message is sent to Everyday EMS Tips readers. Because it is summer and a holiday moments later my inbox will flood with messages informing me that so and so is out of the office and will either be “not checking their messages” or [...] read more..
TacticalGear.com's Nora was lucky enough to get a firsthand look at a Vasque Juxt, which was worn by a SEAL Team Six member during the Osama raid last year. Chris Miller, sales manager for Vasque, displayed the historical boot and gave a little bit of background on it. read more..
Thursday, 5 July 2012
GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ — Questions continue to arise after ambulance service was shut down in a South Jersey community. It happened in Gloucester Township in Camden County. At 8:15 a.m., the New Jersey State Health Department surprised the Gloucecster Township EMS Alliance Ambulance Service with an inspection. “In addition to numerous EMS code violations, this [...] read more..
13 Ambulances Taken Off the Road for Having No A/C
FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) — As we approach the warmest temperatures in years, the last thing a sick elderly patient needs is a stifling hot ambulance ride. But that’s the health andsafety concern regarding one area first responder firm — recently ordered to take much of its fleet off the road. WSAZ.com’s Randy Yohe investigates [...] read more..
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
From Steve Whitehead’s ongoing series at EMS1.com ParamedicTV is powered by EMS1.comAfter the band-aid the 2nd most popular request at many special events and mass gatherings is an ice pack. At your first aid area, right next to the display on hands-only CPR, fill small sandwich size bags with ice for bumps and bruises. What [...] read more..
Manchester ambulance gets involved in a car accident
MANCHESTER, NH — A Manchester AMR ambulance was involved in an accident late Friday, police Sgt. Joe Mucci said. Mucci said the ambulance, which was heading east on Spruce Street when it was struck by a car that was heading north on Maple Street. Mucci said the ambulance was heading to Elliot Hospital with a [...] read more..
Car, ambulance collide in Eau Claire County
Eau Claire, WI – There were only minor injuries when a car collided with an ambulance in Eau Claire County. The accident happened Thursday morning on Highway 37, near I-94. Deputies say a car was making a left-hand turn to get onto the interstate when it hit an ambulance. The ambulance was taking a patient [...] read more..
In this episode of the EMSEduCast guest host Angel Burba discusses the book a Contemporary Approach with two of the authors. The guests have a wide ranging conversation about leadership, how leadership is unique and different from management, and how to teach leadership. Thanks Angel for guest hosting! Guest contact information: David T. Foster III [...] read more..
Sunday, 17 June 2012
Today my training for the Fox Cities Marathon starts. I am looking forward to building off my spring racing season fitness and re-tooling for the marathon distance. The Fox Cities Marathon was the first marathon I ran. It is close to home, a point to point course, and mostly through tree lined residential streets. Are [...] read more..
FREMONT, Wis. (WSAU) – A three-vehicle crash on Highway 10 in Waupaca County yesterday morning involved an ambulance that was taking a patient to a hospital in the Fox Valley. The sheriff’s office says the driver of one vehicle rear ended another vehicle that was turning left. The car that caused the crash then hit [...] read more..
If you are a math whiz you might try to solve this problem. Which choice will lead to the greatest accumulation of life-time income? A paramedic graduates from a 2 year associates degree program. Choice A: Paramedic uses all available free time to work over time. This continues for 5 years until the paramedic has [...] read more..
Friday, 15 June 2012
On tonight’s EMS Educast Mark Forgues joins co-host Greg, Rob, and Bill to discuss the Mark’s work in EMS Education in Massachusetts. Also discussed tonight’s was Mark’s role played developing and delivering ethics education for the MA EMS providers that falsified individual training records. Mark Forgues, MEd, EMT-P, has more than 30 years of EMS experience [...] read more..
Race Recap: Bellin 10K 2012
The Bellin 10K is one of the largest 10K races in the United States. Today I was proud to toe the starting line with more than 18,000 runners and walkers for a jaunt through the tree lined streets of Green Bay and Allouez. Race recap short version: Hot. Windy. Humid. Sunny. No PR. Disappointment. Still [...] read more..
Ambulance fatally strikes pedestrian in Frio County
SAN ANTONIO, TX - A pedestrian died Sunday after he was struck by an ambulance in Frio County. Michael Davalos, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which took place on Interstate 35 in Frio County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. A communications operator said a 2010 Ford ambulance driven by [...] read more..
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Named after the historic Freedom House in Pittsburgh, “a program to train unemployed and underemployed black men and women as medical technicians” started in 1967, a former St. Paul firehouse is now home to the EMS Academy, which trains low-income youth to be EMTs. [Read the whole story here] read more..
Auburn, CA — An American Medical Response ambulance and a Chevy Tahoe crashed at about 12:15 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Highway 49 and Bell Road. While there were no injuries sustained to any of the parties, Officer Francis Mud of the Auburn California Highway Patrol, based in Newcastle, said a man and women [...] read more..
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
NEW HAVEN — Paramedic Mark Powell, who is accused of sexually assaulting an unconscious ambulance patient, has turned down a plea deal that would have involved prison time and is headed for a trial, his attorney said Friday during a brief Superior Court hearing. Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Doyle told Judge Roland Fasano that negotiations [...] read more..
Service Profiles Jeff, the theme park EMT, shares insider information about Reedy Creek Emergency Services in a service profile on the Other Side of EMS blog. I am looking forward to seeing Jeff, Mickey, Goofy, and the whole WDW gang in August at the NAEMSE symposium. Products EMS and Fire author Ed Mund sent me [...] read more..
EMS Myth: We Can Accidentally “Kidnap” People
You’ve heard the claim before. A well meaning partner or supervisor may have warned you. Or perhaps a field instructor or even an EMT instructor made the dubious claim. It sounded something like this, “We need to be careful about taking people to the hospital against their will. If they have the right to refuse [...] read more..
Motorcyclist Dies in Collision with Ambulance
SUNSET PARK, NY — A Brooklyn man died Saturday evening after colliding with an ambulance on his motorcylce just blocks away from his home. Jesus Santiago, 46, was riding his motorcycle in the vincinty of Fourth Avenue and 63rd Street, when he was struck by an ambulance around 6:21 p.m., police said. Officers found him [...] read more..
This week we discuss Odd EMS news the past 2 weeks and get an update from Mr. Wingrove on the happenings from around the globe. http://www.jems.com/article/news/civil-war-reenactor-suffers-cardiac-arre http://www.ems1.com/fire-ems/articles/1074584-Ambulance-confessions-The-crazy-things-we-hear/ Featuring: Chris Montera Gary Wingrove Event.clirems.org David Konig Chris Cebollero Russell Stine James Warmuth read more..
I was asked, “Would you describe that pulse as thready?” I have never had a good grasp of what is meant by “thready” or “bounding” as those terms seem very subjective. I think most EMS professionals could come to agreement on what fast, slow, regular, or irregular means. But I have yet to come to [...] read more..
City ambulance hit by SUV while carrying patient
MASON CITY, IA —Three members of the Mason City Fire Department were injured when the ambulance they were riding in was struck by a sport utility vehicle Sunday afternoon. According to Capt. Jack Odegaard of the Mason City Fire Department, the ambulance was northbound on South Federal Avenue when a Chevrolet Tahoe broadsided the ambulance [...] read more..
Ambulance driver cited in Mason City accident
MASON CITY, IA — A Mason City Fire Department ambulance driver has been cited following a collision with a sports utility vehicle on Sunday. Five people suffered minor injuries in the crash. Schuyler Townsend, 26, of Mason City, was ticketed for failure of caution of an emergency vehicle. Townsend, and fellow firefighters Shannon Furst, 35, [...] read more..
We chat with Shawn Thompson, a gun blogger who was recently interviewed by the New York Times for a concealed carry piece. Thompson shares his extensive firearms background, talks about his go-to concealed weapon and describes his favorite CCW apparel. Read on for the full interview. read more..
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
LEWES , DE — The Delaware State Police is currently investigating a crash involving a trooper and an ambulance that occurred in Lewes earlier this afternoon. The incident occurred at about 11 a.m. today as Lewes Fire Company ambulance, driven by James E. Vanvorst of Milton, was traveling eastbound on Savannah Road to an emergency [...] read more..
Exeter ambulance catches fire
EXETER, PA – An Exeter Borough ambulance caught fire Monday evening in front of the Exeter Community Ambulance building on Wyoming Avenue. Battery acid and a strong odor was coming from the engine before the vehicle erupted in flames, Exeter Fire Chief Rich McNeil said. Workers had moved the ambulance out of the garage, 1090 [...] read more..
Ambulance Involved in Accident Thursday Morning
RIDGEWOOD, NJ – A landscaper has been issued two summonses for improperly parking after it was side-swiped by a Midland Park ambulance Thursday morning, according to Ridgewood police. The accident occurred in front of 301 Oak St. (near the intersection of E. Glen Ave.) just past 10:30 a.m. said Lt. David McDermott. The ambulance was [...] read more..
For years those of us in the medical professions, at least those of us who chose to be self informed have known a simple fact. Sugar is bad for you. There was a great segment last night on 60 minutes about what current research is concluding about sugars in our diets. We have known for [...] read more..
Are Community Health Programs the future of the EMS career field? Join Chris Cebollero as he discusses this with Matt Zavadsky, Jon Elder, Dr. Stephen Davis, Doug Hooton, and Sean Burton from the MedStar system in Fort Worth Texas. MedStar has been using this program for just over 3 years. Come in and listen to their experiences, mistakes and advice [...] read more..
Monday, 4 June 2012
On tonight’s EMS Educast Skip Kirkwood and Troy Hagen join the co-hosts Greg, Rob, and Bill to discuss the EMS-Field Training and Evaluation Program (EMS-FTEP™). The discussion focuses on the history, rational, and instructional methods of the EMS-FTEP™. Skip Kirkwood leads the Wake County EMS Division within the Wake County Department of EMS. Skip’s 33-year career [...] read more..
Driver crashes car into ambulance, dies
HOUSTON, TX - The driver of a car and a paramedic with the Houston Fire Department were taken to hospitals after that car crashed into the ambulance unit in northwest Houston; that driver later died. The accident took place around 12:30 a.m. Thursday on Kempwood Drive near Ryson Street. HFD firefighters and paramedics were responding to [...] read more..
Ambulance collides with pickup truck
JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) – An EMS ambulance responding to an accident in Johnston County was involved in its own crash Thursday afternoon. The ambulance was headed to an accident on Highway 222 near Kenly when it collided with a pickup truck on Highway 301, just north of Micro. The scene of the accident was [...] read more..
Friday, 25 May 2012
EMS1 video producer Ray Kemp returns to Joplin, Mo., for the one-year anniversary of the tornado that killed 161 people. Tuesday, May 22, saw a unity walk with more than 6,000 participants. Two EMS directors in Joplin share some of their experiences when the tornado struck. read more..
Near Miss and Incident Reporting: Episode 136
On this episode of the EMSEduCast we discussed the EMS Voluntary Event Notification Tool (EVENT) with Matt Womble. Matt Womble has had a diverse career that has been fueled by a desire to improve the fractured and inefficient nature of the US healthcare system and improve the quality and consistency of care in EMS. His [...] read more..
Someday I am hoping to write a book. My planned technique is to write the book as a series of blog posts and then bundle those posts into an ebook for the Kindle. Obviously this idea is not unique, but it sure seems sensible. Recently I listened to this podcast with Nina Amir about her [...] read more..
This week we discuss: Nurses defending Paramedics? Really? cool! http://www.jems.com/article/patient-care/nurse-defends-paramedics-et Facebook picture posting suspension. Was this harsh enough? http://www.emsworld.com/article/article.jsp?id=17844&siteSection=1 PEATscale EMSRadioStarFinal Featuring: Chris Montera Anne Robinson David Konig Russell Stine Sam Bradley Tim Noonan Random Ward read more..
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
On this special episode of the EMSEduCast Tim Perkins, PIO for the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, tells us about the history of the ride, its mission, and the 2012 route. Make sure to visit their website, MuddyAngels.com, and become a Facebook fan of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride. Finally, please thank the riders [...] read more..
Race Report: 2012 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon 5K
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is a weekend of racing that includes a 5k, 1/2 mile kids run, half marathon, and marathon. I raced the half marathon in 2010 (or maybe 2009) and the full marathon in 2011. This year I decided to race the 5K on Saturday because on Sunday I volunteered to run [...] read more..
Free Kindle Download: 2 Weeks a Year Finding Humor While Deployed in Iraq
EMS Week Special Only available until midnight tonight (Tuesday) … download for the Kindle : Finding Humor While Deployed in Iraq by retired Army National Guard combat medic Trent Cherin. Learn more about the book and Trent’s experience in this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast. read more..
Rob and Bill, co-host of the EMSEduCast, are joined by guest Jon Friesen, Major – Education Manager for the Wichita/Sedgwick County EMS System Office of the Medical Director. Rob, Bill, and Jon speak about EMS credentialing. Jon Friesen (firstname.lastname@example.org) serves as the Major – Education Manager for the Wichita/Sedgwick County EMS System Office of the [...] read more..
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Monday, 21 May 2012
In Honor of EMS Week (and Law Enforcement week & Fire Week) the Fit Responder E-Book is ON SALE…..50% OFF Sale. go to http://shop.thefitresponder.com/Fit-Responder-E-Book-FRB1.htm and enter coupon code EMSW2012 Tagged: book sale, ems week, exercise manual, fitness book, nutrition book read more..
Sunday, 20 May 2012
Watch as Lauren trains with the firefighters of FDNY at their training facility. There's no special treatment for this model; she's taking the test like any other firefighter-to-be. Find out how she handles the heat in this episode of Woman v. Workout! read more..
Alternate Positing Location: Stress Management Tips for EMS
May can be a stressful time of year. In addition to the daily grind of patient assessment, treatment, and transport you might also be dealing with: Planning and delivering EMS week events Graduating from EMT class, paramedic class, or a college degree program Teaching the final days/weeks of an EMT or paramedic class Preparing for [...] read more..
Assessing For Nystagmus
Sometimes, when we don’t wee immediate value in an assessment tool, we decide to stop using it and quickly forget the correct technique for performing the evaluation. Once an assessment falls from out tool box, we may never use it again. Nystagmus is one of those assessments that can be tremendously useful when doing a [...] read more..
THOMASVILLE, NC – An ambulance transporting a patient to Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem received significant damage after it collided with an SUV at the intersection of N.C. Highway 109 North and West Lexington Avenue Extension. First responders were dispatched to the wreck at 8:27 a.m. Monday, said Zach Jordan, deputy chief of the Hasty [...] read more..
Saturday, 19 May 2012
"You have based your whole position on this epi debate on an OPINION paper."How do you know what I have based my conclusions on? Please provide some evidence of your psychic ability.I have been writing about epinephrine since long before the editorial by Dr. Callaway. I was also teaching about the problems with epinephrine before the AAEM Position statement and AAEM Working Group Report, but I was not writing a blog at that time.Perhaps you are referring to the AAEM Position Paper, which includes a review of the literature and analysis by Amal Mattu, MD FAAEM, Carey Chisholm, MD FAAEM, and Jerome R. Hoffman, MA MD FAAEM. read more..
Friday, 18 May 2012
As part of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week from May 20-26, stroke survivors from King County will share their stories about how quick recognition of stroke symptoms and timely response and treatment through King County EMS helps patients survive and return to full health. [Read the whole story here.] read more..
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
EMS Week is a week away, but you don’t need to wait until the official EMS Week to do any of these things: Increase your knowledge: sign-up for the free EMS Web Summit. Appreciate EMS in a different setting by reading a book by a paramedic/author. Join the conversation about EMS by leaving a comment [...] read more..
I had a chance to talk to Jim Hoffman, host of the upcoming EMS Web Summit, about the summit and the presentation I am delivering during the summit. There is still time to register for a great line-up of speakers and presentation topics. Thanks Jim for the chance to chat. read more..
READING, PA – Two people were injured in an accident Tuesday afternoon involving an ambulance and another vehicle on the West Shore Bypass in Exeter Township. The accident occurred about 2:40 in the westbound lanes of the bypass, which is Route 422, between the Mount Penn and Interstate 176 exits. A patient was in the [...] read more..
A child died after a faulty satnav caused an ambulance to arrive late, a coroner heard last week. Nine-year-old Corey Seymour suffered heart failure last September following an asthma attack at home. An ambulance took 24 minutes to arrive, despite an eight-minute target response time. West Midlands Ambulance Service has since admitted problems with a [...] read more..
In this video members of the Lancaster PA, Lancaster General Health EMS discuss their first calls, most memorable calls, and advancements in EMS. Listening to the providers I was really struck how many of the calls were about pediatric encounters, especially pediatric death. In many cases the providers were discussing preventable tragedies. Yesterday, while bike [...] read more..
Friday, 11 May 2012
Reading an article today on the staggering costs of obesity It dawned on me that besides diabetes running rampant in all ages, heart attacks in 20 year old’s, strokes in teens and added fuel costs from cars having to move more weight from point A to B we as a culture are missing the point. [...] read more..
Groups of people somewhat affiliated with EMS have decided that they know how EMS medical direction should be run. Their approach would have been progressive a few decades ago, but for EMS in many places this document is a return to the Dark Ages. read more..
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
CHICAGO, IL – A veteran Chicago Fire Department paramedic was charged with engaging in sexually explicitFacebook conversations with an 11-year-old girl, Cook County prosecutors said Friday. Mark Scanlon, 42, a nine-year veteran of the department, was charged with indecent solicitation of a minor and child exploitation. Judge Donald Panarese Jr. set bail at $50,000. According to [...] read more..
Wellness is the hot buzz word in the workplace, employee wellness, workforce wellness, injury prevention, reduced absenteeism, reduced presenteeism, workforce productivity, stress reduction, nutrition, diet, weight loss the list is frankly endless! Ask an EMT, Fire Fighter or Officer; ask a laborer, desk jockey or VP what wellness is or what wellness means and you [...] read more..
OVID TWP., MI — Three emergency workers were taken to Sparrow Health System in Lansing after an Ovid-Middlebury Fire Department truck and an ambulance crashed Sunday morning. Clinton County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jeff Clarke said the vehicles were responding to a call for house fire — it ended up being a chimney fire — shortly [...] read more..
Monday, 7 May 2012
EMS professionals are challenged to balance work, family, and other obligations while also staying or striving for mental and physical fitness. The Everyday EMS Athlete is a regular column to recognize and learn from other EMS professionals that are setting and meeting fitness goals. This edition was contributed by Paramedic and Author George Steffensen. Q: [...]Read related posts and tips:
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Paramedic and author Laura Kendall shared with me recently, “I’m happy to announce that my newest novel previously only available on kindle and nook as an ebook is now a full length paperback! ( the sequel to A Simple Case of Suicide) is available from Amazon (affiliate link).” Read a review of Moments in the [...] read more..
The First Ever EMS Web Summit is Here
Would you like to be a part of history? On May 17th 2012 the first ever EMS Web Summit will be coming to an internet portal near you. You can enjoy top notch EMS education for industry leaders right from the comfort of your home computer. The first ever EMS Web Summit will bring together [...] read more..
Ambulance driver charged in fatal wreck in Lynchburg
LYNCHBURG, VA - Police have charged the driver of the ambulance involved in a fatal wreck in Lynchburg on Thursday with reckless driving. A Lynchburg Police Department news release issued just after noon on Friday said that the driver – Justin Kidd, 25, of Rustburg – failed to stop at the red light at the intersection of [...] read more..
On tonight’s EMS Educast returning guest Catherine Mattice joins the Co-host Greg, Rob, and Bill. Tonight’s discussion is on workplace violence and safety. The connection for educators is how do we better teach recognition of workplace violence, how to report it, and how to prevent workplace violence. Listen to this very interesting discussion. Have you been a victim of [...] read more..
Sunday, 6 May 2012
The McGRATH® Series 5 Video Laryngoscope is designed to provide a clear view of the vocal cords during intubation with little or no change in laryngoscopic technique. A small camera and powerful light source are located at the distal end of the McGRATH® Video Laryngoscope blade. Once a clear image of the vocal cords and surrounding airway anatomy is obtained, a standard ET tube is then guided by the clinician through the vocal cords and into the larynx while viewed in real time on the color video display.The McGRATH® Video Laryngoscope is designed to simplify intubation of difficult airways and minimize the lifting forces often necessary for successful intubation even on routine airways.Now all intubations can be less traumatic than ever before. read more..
Friday, 27 April 2012
Maybe that explains how the requirement for thiamine before glucose came about – confabulation. Many of our traditional treatments are better explained by confabulation, based on a persuasive hypothesis, than by any evidence of benefit to the patient. read more..
Ambulance Driver Arrested After Chase, Holding Co-Worker ‘Against His Will’
?????? ?? ???? ?????PHILADELPHIA, PA – A man is in police custody after he led police on a short pursuit in an ambulance all while holding a co-worker “against his will.” According to investigators, the incident began when police spotted the ambulance in an area where it shouldn’t have been. The ambulance, according to authorities, [...] read more..
New VuStik for Video-Laryngoscopy
The VuStik is a new, easy-to-use video laryngoscopy device. It uses your existing motor skills rather than requiring you to develop all new ones, and makes difficult intubation easier and visually verifies the correct placement of every ET tube. It offers several … Continue reading ? read more..
In partnership with Suunto, TacticalGear.com is hosting a contest to win the industry's hottest watch, the Ambit. Recently launched, the wristwatch is in such high demand that it has sold out on many websites. For a chance to win this timepiece, share your best advice for training outdoors in the comments section of this post. read more..
Paramedic Gary Sanderson joins police and fire service workers in sharing their horror stories with Oaklands College students at Welwyn Garden City's Hawthorne Theatre in Hertfordshire, U.K., as part of a road awareness presentation for new and aspiring drivers. read more..
Posts Outside the Service Area: Tips, Reviews, and Recommendations
I compiled this post in March but never posted it because of the transition to the EMS Blogs Network. There is some really great information in these posts. Enjoy. The Unwired Medic shares with readers the EMS blogs that he recommends. Visit his list and add your own recommendations in the post comments. With EMS [...] read more..
BOSTON, MA – A former emergency medical technician instructor accused of allowing police officers, firefighters, and other EMTs to sign attendance sheets for state-required refresher classes, even though they did not attend, pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court on Friday, authorities announced today. Thomas Codair Sr., 50, of Medford, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in [...] read more..
Monday, 23 April 2012
At EMS1.com I have shared tips for saving energy at home or work. The tips I share in the post are saving us so much that our utility bill actually went down during the winter and I saved enough to get a whole month of energy use credit. In 2009 I wrote about doing the [...] read more..
The Importance of Booster Shots for Whooping Cough
A free vaccination clinic for emergency responders will be held on Friday, April 27th from 12:30 – 3:00 PM at Brookhaven Municipal Building in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania."The majority of pertussis cases, hospitalizations, and deaths occur in infants aged =2 months, who are too young to be vaccinated" read more..
This is the main problem.Ignorance leads to fear.But this does not lead to Yoda quotes.We should not be arrogant, assuming that we know everything about the drugs we use. That can be just as dangerous as ignorance, but we need to learn more about the medications we use. read more..
The Zen tradition holds that in meditation practice, notions of doctrine and teachings necessitate the creation of various notions and appearances that obscure the transcendent wisdom of each being’s Buddha-nature. Another way to think about is: A total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind. Zen is a way of being. It [...] read more..
Okay. The new book is out at last. You should see it on Amazon, etc very soon (I'm told these things take a few weeks). In the meantime, you can buy it direct from the publisher. Don't be nervous about them being an American company, charging you in dollars... they have a UK distributor, so you shouldn't be waiting for weeks and you shouldn't be paying more than the book's value to get a copy.
You can buy it in hardback or softcover - it's up to you.
Follow this link: www.thestationbook.com.
Please let me know what you think of it. remember it's a work of fiction and does not purport to reflect anything true or real about the ambulance service.....
Oh, and can you all please get your friends to buy it... plug it on Facebook and Twitter... give it a buzz if you like it. I want to do well with this one... it'll encourage me to write another one. I really don't care that I am blatantly plugging it. Nobody else is, so why not me? read more..
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Does your company have a wellness or fitness team? Do your employees have a voice for their health and wellness concerns? Is your organization proactive for reducing workers compensation and health care costs? There are employees in your organization that are screaming to be heard and they have good ideas! Good ideas that can save [...] read more..
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
This morning I drove about 30 minutes east of my home to the Iola Winter Sports Area for a 15km run on the snowless ski trails. The Winter Sports Area straddles a large undulating moraine and thus all ski trails are either going up the moraine or down the moraine. In addition to wide ski trail [...] read more..
The opportunities presented when you attend an emergency medical services conference like EMS Today often include surprises like the resources you find out about that help you forward your career and skills. The U.S. Fire Academy run by FEMA is a resource for high level educational classes aimed at EMS professionals looking for ways to improve their management skills.Read more on FEMA and Fire Academy Educating EMS Professionals… read more..
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Once in a while you find a gem of a product at conferences like EMS Today and I was very excited when I stumbled across the Sharps Terminator from Medical Safety Solutions, Inc. (www.SharpsTerminator.us) In this video I interview Dennis DeCiancio, Sr. while he demonstrates this small device that may eliminate the need for giant sharps container everywhere we work in the health care industry.Read more on Sharps Terminator Wins Product Innovator Pick and EMS Safety Kudos… read more..
Sunday, 15 April 2012
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (www.SCA-Aware.org) is one of those groups who support EMS and emergency health care systems by calling attention to the things that can be done to improve cardiac arrest rescue rates. Carissa Caramanis O’Brien returns with a special interview with two “rescuers” responsible for saves using prompt and high quality CPR, AEDs, and 911 rescue services.Read more on Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Features Rescuers and AED Saves… read more..
Thursday, 12 April 2012
SALINA, KS – The driver of a City of Miltonvale ambulance was cited for running a red stoplight without having the ambulance’s siren activated Saturday, resulting in a collision at the intersection of Crawford Street and Centennial Road. The ambulance was transporting a patient to Salina Regional Health Center from Miltonvale with non-life-threatening injuries when [...] read more..
Thursday, 5 April 2012
This week we are joined by the wonderful people at Ferno talking about products, safety and the great cots (PowerFlexx and Mondial) and stair chairs (EZ Glide with PowerTraxx) they bring to the market. For more information on the full product line go to www.ferno.com Featuring: Chris Montera Kyle David Bates Chris Cleves Mike Campione [...] read more..
Three Hour Hypothermia Resuscitation Successful
After 30 minutes of prehospital CPR and 2 1/2 hours of rewarming with ongoing CPR efforts by a resuscitation team of 28 personnel, John Letterman was successfully revived. As a result of the resuscitation efforts and the care he received at Mission Hospital, he is now at home with his family and expected to make [...] read more..
Sugarloaf EMTs Who Left Grieving Wife Followed Protocol
The state licensing board voted to dismiss the complaint by the widow of man who died after a ski accident at Sugarloaf earlier in January. The board has found that it was confusion in communication that left Dana Morse stranded in a snow storm while paramedics attempted to resuscitate her husband. [Read the whole story [...] read more..
No habla espanol? No hay problema, at least not entirely. Language and the ability to communicate is something often taken for granted. It’s not until that fundamental part of human interaction, and a pillar of patient assessment is challenged or completely removed do we realize and respect its importance. We have all had to manage patients that were unconscious or had [...] read more..
I haven't died or disappeared; not yet anyway! I've just been very busy with other things and writing has not been a priority.
The novel is arriving in October because I am publishing it is the USA, so it'll be out there before it gets here. You'll be able to get it in print or download it for Kindle or any other reader from Amazon, etc. I'll put a link on the page for you when it's ready. So far the reviews have been good, so I'm encouraged.
I was sent this link to an episode of Trauma that I appeared in about 7 years ago; it was my first one-under and my first job with the HEMS team. It's worth watching because you won't get many TV opportunities to see a resus taking place on a tube station platform. See if you can spot my youthful self in there. I can't believe how time rolls on, honestly. Thanks for sending me that Suzi, it's been years since I last watched!
I'm also shoving my music up into the public domain. I've decided I don't care one way or the other if it's not liked because it was so long ago anyway and there's nothing worse than having created stuff and then allow it to die without an airing! I started by re-releasing a Christmas single I had out back in the 1980's; 'Father Christmas' it's called, ironically. It's on iTunes, so have a listen and if you like it, buy it and make it a retrospective worldwide hit :-) You can search for it with the keywords father christmas mister e, which is my singer/songwriter/muso pseudonym. I'll be releasing a lot more music over the next year or two... that way, when I die, it'll all have been loved or slagged off... but at least heard.
I'll be back to normal blogging soon, I promise. Just got to get all these other projects out of the way first! read more..
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
The following is a guest article from David Haas at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Physical Fitness and its Impact on Cancer Years of research have established that exercise is good for everyone. Physical activity improves health in numerous ways. It controls weight, strengthens the body, lowers the risk for disease and promotes emotional well-being. [...] read more..
Sunday, 1 April 2012
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – A long-term veteran of the Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps remains on suspension from the corps while officials consider complaints that he sexually harassed female corps members as well as patients. A group of six current and former corps members said they planned to file a complaint Thursday with the state Human Rights [...] read more..
Friday, 30 March 2012
Free service offered to sporting events by ICEdot.ICE.events quickly identifies an athlete and offers medical information and multiple emergency contacts on the scene! Any first responder can text message an athlete's bib number to a short code and receive a reply with the athlete's identity, important medical information and emergency contacts. read more..
Michael Morse shares an article he wrote on writing for Writer Magazine in 2008. Peter Canning shares praise for the Rogue Medic. I also really appreciate his shout out for the Medical Author Chat. Thanks! The EduMedic, Brian Lilley, has posted a review of A Paramedic’s Story: Life, Death, and Everything in Between. Maybe one [...] read more..
What Is An EMS Non-Conformist?
An Excerpt from The Non-Conformists Guide To EMS Success The allure of conformity is powerful for all it offers. On the other side of the conformity dance floor is security, approval, and all the benefits of eventual success. Why wouldn’t we waltz? Doesn’t everybody? Perhaps that desire within us to do something that matters can [...] read more..
Some images from the Gathering of Eagles presentation on RAMPART can help to give an idea of what was done to blind EMS to the treatment being given, while minimizing any delay in care that might result from being part of a study. Thank you to Happy Medic for clarifying some of the information not spelled out in the paper. read more..
Thursday, 29 March 2012
I saw a visitor to the Paramedic Blog who searched “EMT running” for whatever reason. I was struck that an EMT would or ever should be running, other than for physical exercise. I often see images of healthcare professionals rushing … Continue reading ? read more..
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Keep Yourself Safe is the latest EMS music video from FDNY Paramedic and Artist Farooq Muhammad. The video lyrics and visualizes are about personal safety and PPE usage. The project was funded/underwritten by apparel vendor Blauer. I think the production and message is outstanding. Farooq and Blauer show how new “media” can be combined for [...]Read related posts and tips:
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Sunday, 25 March 2012
A 32-year-old male fell from a ladder and was suspected to be suffering from arm and hip fractures and a back injury. The complicated rescue and evacuation were successful due to a tidy collaboration between the fire department and the workers in the construction site. read more..
Attention Medical Authors: Book on Book Promotion
For many authors an appearance on the Medical Author Chat podcast is an opportunity to connect with readers, share why they wrote their book, and to, hopefully, sell some copies of their book. Podcast appearances are just one of many opportunities for book promotion. If you are a medical author or an aspiring author you [...] read more..
Ultrasound App for Smart Phones
Mobisante is a small device company based in Redmond, WA, which has developed an ultrasound probe for smartphones. As a review article in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights, the use of point-of-care ultrasound is rapidly expanding. The MobiUS™SP1 system, cleared by … Continue reading ? read more..
Saturday, 24 March 2012
The Philips FR3 is a new professional-grade AED. It is the smallest and lightest rock-solid AED I have ever seen. That makes the FR3 easier to carry and integrate with other rescue equipment. The bright, high-resolution color LCD helps make the FR3 … Continue reading ? read more..
The purpose of Alltop is to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?” in topics that interest you. Alltop collects the headlines of the latest stories from the best sites and blogs that cover a particluar topic. They group these collections or … Continue reading ? read more..
In this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast I talk to retired Firefighter and Fire Officer Linda Willing about . In our conversation Linda tells us about her career in the fire service and current work as a fire department consultant and trainer. As a co-founder of the organization “Women in the Fire Service” Linda [...] read more..
Gaming the National Registry Exam – Part II
I have no interest in changing the opinion of the public. I am interested in changing the opinion of the people who work in EMS and in emergency medicine – people who should know better.Working on public opinion is just the tail trying to wag the dog. read more..
The Fulton Fire Department say that they will adjust their 911 priory dispatching to include some medical calls to be ambulance only dispatches. citing savings to taxpayers, personnel will no longer respond to non-emergency medical calls. Those incidents will be left to ambulance crews. [Read the whole story here..] read more..
Dr. Ken Grauer on Killing Patients Just to Get a Temporary Pulse With Epinephrine – Part II
Dr. Ken Grauer wrote a couple of extended comments in response to "Killing Patients Just to Get a Temporary Pulse With Epinephrine."Dr. Grauer has provided some commentary on this on his web site – KG-EKG Press."ISSUE #10: Should We Still Use Epinephrine for Cardiac Arrest?"So, how bad was epinephrine in this study? read more..
10-8, on air, copy, en route, on scene. Scene safety, BSI, ABC, A/Ox3. SAMPLE, OPQRST, AEIOU-TIPS. Patch’em up. Print a strip. Check a sugar “little prick.” Grab a BP, Positive PMSC. Equal grips/pushes/pulls, eyes are PERL, Cut the clothes. C-Spine, Strip and flip, palp the chest, rock the hips. Start a line, strip a bag, [...] read more..