Categories
EMS Tips

EMS Tips – Peak Flu – Dangerous Pathogens Research

1. Influenza is everywhere … protect yourself The flu is widespread in all 50 states, according to the CDC. Protect yourself from influenza: Get the flu shot. Wash your hands before and after patient contact. Give oxygen, when indicated, otherwise have the patient wear a surgical mask. Thoroughly clean ambulance surfaces, including the cot, after […]

Categories
EMS Tips

EMS Tips – Opioid Emergency – Do this before next shift bid

1. Opioid public health emergency is nearing expiration President Trump’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency for the opioid overdose epidemic is about to expire. (Politico.com) 90-day emergency: “President Donald Trump in October promised to “liberate” Americans from the “scourge of addiction,” officially declaring a 90-day public health emergency that would urgently mobilize the federal government […]

Categories
EMS Tips

EMS Tips – Naloxone Administration – Hydrant Access

1. Layperson administration of naloxone increasing in New Hampshire In 2017 the volume of naloxone administered by EMS personnel decreased in Manchester, N.H. The amount administered by laypeople increased. “Number of overdose deaths in Manchester decreased by 27 percent in 2016, according to Chris Stawasz, regional director for AMR in Nashua. However, total overdoses, including […]

Categories
EMS Tips

EMS Tips – Be a Conference Speaker – Top 2017 EMS News

1. Submit to Speak at EMS World Expo Applications to speak at EMS World Expo 2018 are due January 15. Here are three reasons to apply to expo or other conferences. You do work that matters. Share it with others. The best way to test out your ideas is to present them to your peers. […]

Categories
News and Events

Wis. EMS Gets Serious about Drug Overdose and Addiction

Drug overdose and addiction was the focus of an all day summit at the Wisconsin EMS Association working together conference. I believe the opioid overdose epidemic is the top problem facing EMS, emergency medicine and public health. I was glad to see the topic receive serious and meaningful coverage at WEMSA. Three articles from the summit […]

Categories
Health and Wellness

Why I am drinking less coffee

Coffee. I really enjoy a cup or two or three or four as part of my morning routine. Oatmeal, coffee and the news. Someone I knew went in for major surgery not long ago. The post-op required a few overnights in the hospital. There were lots of things that could have made that stay tough – surgical […]

Categories
Health and Wellness

Narcotics theft: Are on-the-job injuries and on-the-job drug diversion connected

I don’t know, but it is a connection worth exploring. Posted on EMS1: Rapid Response: Medics stealing narcotics happens with distressing regularity  

Categories
Dispatch Tips EMS Tips Operations Safety Tips

3 Ways to Learn More about Risks and Hazards of Meth

Use these Everyday EMS Tips resources to learn more about the risks and hazards of crystal meth. As you probably know meth patients and meth labs pose a significant hazardous materials exposure risk to emergency responders. Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that has a severe impact on the central nervous system. Police officers, fire […]