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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 […]

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EMS Education Tips

Use an Online Training System to Teach EMS Personnel about Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola is dominating the news and there has been a flurry of information, checklists, and resources created for EMS Personnel. Today I created two training videos on how to use an online training system to assign a document to EMS personnel to review the CDC Ebola Virus Disease screening criteria. How to Educate Personnel on the […]

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EMS Tips

Infectious Disease Prevention: 3 Tips

We should all be concerned about the transmission of infectious disease. The transfer of two US citizens infected with Ebola to Emory University has been a hot button news item for the past week. (2 excellent articles on Ebola and care of infected patients) The common cold, seasonal influenza, MRSA, hepatitis, and more are a part […]

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Book Reviews

Book Review: A Never Event

 is the chronicle of nearly 100 patients of the Fremont Cancer Center that were infected with hepatitis C through poor infection control practices and what I believe to be criminal actions of the nurses and physician running the clinic. I stumbled upon A Never Event while browsing through the Kindle Owners Lending Library. The cover […]

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EMS Education Tips News and Events

Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day September 10

Today is worldwide suicide prevention day. You can find more information from the CDC’s Suicide Prevention Website. Also check out this post in the Everyday EMS Tips archives about talking to patients in crisis.

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Health and Wellness

Obesity Continues Steady Northward Spread Like Africanized Honey Bees

Only you can reduce the prevalence of self-reported obesity in your state. These CDC maps compare data from 2000, 2005, and 2009. Remember as EMS professionals we reflect the world around us. I actually suspect that the prevalence of obesity among EMS professionals is as high or even greater than the communities we serve. What […]

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Author-Interviews

Unprepared – a Medical Author Chat with Jim Rush

Unprepared is a cautionary fictional tale from Jim Rush, a long-term emergency planner for healthcare organizations. Jim and his co-author, D.A. Ramsey, have written an account of how several simultaneous incidents devastated a few American cities and overwhelm local, regional, and national capacities to provide healthcare, other community services, and governance. Jim drew on his […]

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Continuing Education News and Events

Renal Failure to the Left of Me, Dailysis to the Right of Me

Here I go again. Paramedic training did not prepare me for the increasing number of patients I encounter with kidney failure. According to the CDC in 2000 more than 26 million American adults had Chronic Kidney Disease. Did you know that high blood pressure and diabetes are the leading causes of chronic kidney disease? I […]

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News and Events

Event: National Influenza Vaccination Week

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EMS Tips

Traumatic Brain Injury (#31daysofCE)

Are you a pro football fan? Like me you have certainly noticed the increased attention to the occurance and consequences of traumatic brain injury in professional football players. For several years the CDC has been promoting increased awareness of traumatic brain injury (what we used to call concussions) in youth sports. Their efforts have focused […]