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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 Tips – 2017 LODDs – Personal Safety

I am taking a moment today to remember the colleagues we have lost in the line of duty. 1. EMS Line of Duty Deaths 2017 EMS1 reported 11 EMT or paramedic line of duty death incidents in 2017. 2. Police Officer Line of Duty Deaths 2017 The¬†National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund issued a preliminary […]

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EMS Tips – Roadside Near Miss for Sheriff’s Deputy – Autonomous Vehicles

1. Distracted (dangerous) driver? Of the environments emergency respsonders regularly operate there is place more dangerous than the roadside. The Adams County (Wis.) Sheriff’s office shared this dashcam video of a deputy who was nearly hit by pick-up truck. An explanation for the driver’s behavior wasn’t shared in the post. It’s not a leap to […]

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EMS Habits for Life

On-the-job habits can quickly become life habits. The habits I learned and developed as a paramedic didn’t get left in the ambulance. A commitment to PPE, avoidance of alcohol-fueled stupidity and geriatric fall prevention are habits I carry into my personal life. Read at EMS1.com 3 paramedic habits I can’t shake

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Body armor for paramedics and EMTs

Questions for EMS leaders before purchasing body armor EMS agencies across the United States are adding or considering body armor as required personal protective equipment for their EMTs and paramedics. Recent news of ballistic vests, secured through budget allocation, grants or donation, has come from Cleveland, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio, and Colorado. Some […]

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EMS Education Tips

Skating on Thin Ice without the Proper PPE

I am sure Bob is a great instructor and has extricated himself from the cold water and back onto the ice dozens of times. I have heard rave reviews about the quality of his ice rescue training programs. But when standing next to an ice hole I sure would like to see Bob wearing a […]

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July Alternate Posting Locations: Products for EMS

Dr. David Johnson writes about when to use tourniquets on the Wilderness Medical Associates blog. Rogue Medic shares a Facebook thread of fears of litigation and anecdotal experience confused with scientific proof about the use of tourniquets in his post on Facebook medics let imaginary lawyers tell them what to do. Paramedic product innovator and […]

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Video: Keep Yourself Safe as an EMS Education Tool

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 […]

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Firefighting News and Events

How to Buy Guides for EMS1.com

I have been writing a series of¬† “How to Buy Guides” for EMS1.com. Here are links to a few of those articles: How to Buy EMS Apparel and Accessories How to Buy Books How to Buy EMS Satellite Communications How to Buy EMS Sirens How to Buy EMS Scheduling Software How to Buy ePCR software […]

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Health and Wellness

Website: HAI – Not on my Watch

Everyday EMS Tips received a request to share information about the HAI: Not on My Watch campaign and I chose to post this video about Healthcare Acquired Infections from the HAI microsite. The program is sponsored by Kimberly Clark which has plants in one of the areas I work. Regular readers know that I am […]