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Reader Tip: Dopamine Calculation

Everyday EMS Tips reader Scott Walker, A.S, NREMT-P submitted this tip for calculating the amount of Dopamine to administer. He writes: This is one of those tools you can use at 2am. This formula only works for 5mcg/kg/min and cannot be adjusted. 1. Take the patients weight in pounds and divide by 10. 2. Then […]

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Pediatric ATV Incidents

More kids die while riding ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) than bicycles. Many more kids are injured riding ATVs. Have you responded to an ATV accident yet? If you haven’t it is probably just a matter of time. Read article about pediatric ATV deaths at My friend Rocco shared these general tips for pediatric assessment […]

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Emergency: Helping Young Children Communicate with Emergency Responders

While we have all heard the heroic stories of a toddler calling 911 and saving his mother’s life, this type of call is rare. Most young children are hesitant to call 911 and even more reluctant to talk to the stranger on the other end of the line. If you are dispatcher or other type […]

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Talking to a Person in Crisis

As a 911 dispatcher my theory on talking to anyone in crisis is simple: if you’re talking, you’re alive. Keep suicidal callers talking. For that moment you know they are alive. I ask questions in these three areas:

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Simple Tips for Preventing the Flu in Your Dispatch Center

You work hard to keep the residents of your community safe by providing emergency police, fire and rescue services. Be equally as diligent to minimize contagions in your Dispatch Center. Simple cleaning can prevent the spread of germs from one dispatcher to the next. Use these Everyday EMS Tips for Preventing the spread of influenza […]

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National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 18-24, 2009

Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death for teenagers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2007, over 4000 teens in the United States died as a result of injuries incurred from motor vehicle accidents. How can you help prevent injuries and accidents with teenagers? As a parent, relative, friend, […]

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Get Smart about Antibiotics Week

This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, is promoting the smart use of antibiotics. In order to prevent antibiotic resistant infections, the CDC urges providers to be “smart” in prescribing antibiotics. Often patients and providers alike think a round of antibiotics will be the cure all for any type of infection. Remember, […]

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Bounce Back: Recovering from Difficult Calls

As an emergency dispatcher, I have heard a wide variety of rescue calls. The worst calls, the ones that cause my immediate increased pulse rate and surge in adrenaline, are the ones involving children. Some of my most memorable calls are for infants that are pulseless non-breathers. I recently had a call for five month […]

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Finding a Good Book: choosing your own adventure

One of my favorite things to do is go to the library to peruse the racks of new fiction. I love picking up a book that has been freshly wrapped in library issued cellophane. I love the smell of the pages as I open the book, and the sound of the spine cracking for the […]

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5 Tips to Survive a Terrorism Related MCI

On this anniversary of 9/11 EMS responders reverently watch the flag and remember those that were lost on September 11, 2001. Many EMS providers who have not experienced a large scale MCI may wonder, “How will I stay safe during a terrorist attack or large scale MCI? Steve Kanarian, a retired NYFD EMS Lieutenant and […]