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Debriefing Challenging Incidents

Complex and critical patients are relatively rare for EMS providers. Those once in a blue moon calls challenge our assessment and treatment skills. How do you debrief, learn from, and share what you have learned from tough calls? Ben Dengerink, a paramedic and blogger, wrote an excellent post on Debriefing Tough Calls at his Pre-Hospital […]

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Look Your TV Best at Every Incident

NBC is scheduling an EMS drama for Fall 2009. I have often been told to assess and treat patients as if I was being filmed for the evening news. Watch this clip from NBC about the new show and then read Everyday EMS Tips for looking your “TV best” while on scene.

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EMS Tips First Aid

F.A.S.T Stroke Assessment

The National Stroke Awareness Month promotes the F.A.S.T. Stroke assessment for lay persons to determine if stroke signs are present. F = FACE Ask person to smile. Look for one-sided facial droop. A = ARMS Ask person to raise their arms. Look to see if one arm drifts downward. S = SPEECH Ask person to […]

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EMS Tips Firefighting Health and Wellness Operations

Emergencies with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf/Blind People

Video on how to respond to emergencies with deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf/blind people is available for viewing from the Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN). Some of the tips in the video include:

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EMS Tips Students

EMT Students: Change to NREMT Bleeding and Shock Skill Sheet

The NREMT bleeding and shock skill sheet has changed recently. If direct pressure is not successful for severe extremity bleeding proceed immediately to application of a tourniquet. Learn more about this change from our friend Jamie Davis in episode 168 of the MedicCast.. This change was also part of the EMSEduCast episode 10 discussion with […]

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Swine Flu Infection Control Guidelines

On April 20, 2009 the CDC published Interim Guidance on Infection Control and Antiviral Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed or Suspected Swine Influenza. The guidelines are written for public health and hospital personnel. There is no specific mention of EMT or Paramedic field contact with patients with suspected or known respiratory illness from the Swine […]

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EMS Tips News and Events Operations

Confirmed/Suspected Swine Flu Infection Control Guidelines

On April 20, 2009 the CDC published Interim Guidance on Infection Control and Antiviral Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed or Suspected Swine Influenza A Virus Infection. The guidelines are written for public health and hospital personnel. There is no specific mention of EMT or Paramedic field contact with patients with suspected or known respiratory illness […]

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Measles: Signs and Symptoms

Virginia has reported a recent cases of the measles. The measles is a severe viral illness with these signs and symptoms during its first stage: fever runny nose redness of the eye(s) cough During the second stage a red blotchy rash appears first on the face and then spreads throughout the body. If you suspect […]

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Patient Pit Care Crew

My son’s favorite part of watching auto racing is the crashes. My favorite part is watching the pit crew. Each crew member has an assigned role: changing tires, adding gas, cleaning windows or fixing alignment and body problems. Have you observed your local trauma center using a “pit crew” when you present a major trauma […]