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The Man with the Ladle: Understanding Digoxin & Its Toxic Effects

You_re called to a private residence where a 76-year-old man has been having difficulty eating and drinking, some nausea and vomiting, and what he calls ˙new, psychic experiencesÓ in the past few days. You ask your partner to perform a physical assessment while you speak to the patient_s wife.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

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Straight for the Jugular

On arrival, you find a 42-year-old male with a severe open neck wound. The patient is unconscious with agonal breathing. What do you do next?

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

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Acres of QA

Edward T. Dickinson, MD, FACEP, NREMT-P, the medical editor of JEMS visited the„Queensland (Australia) Ambulance Service and reports on the challenges of monitoring a large„EMS system.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

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Army Goes Well Beyond CPR Training

Early this year, the U.S. Army initiated a Combat Lifesavers Certification course, a requirement for all recruits entering basic combat.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

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Beyond EMS

For the past eight years, paramedics on Long and Brier Islands in Canada have provided primary health-care and prevention services to some 1,200 residents.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

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Flying Bikers

There's no law that says you have to have a brain to race motorcycles, especially without a helmet. But as every EMSer knows, bikers do have brains. We see 'em all the time.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

A bipartisan group of 101 senators and representatives sent President Bush a letter that expressed their concern over the slow implementation of the Hometown Heroes Survivor Benefits Act.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

Names in the News

Mary Beth Michos has been named deputy executive director/chief of operations for the IAFC, beginning this month. One of the nation_s first female fire chiefs and a long-time EMS leader, Michos is the immediate past chair of the NREMT Board of Directors, sits on the board of the IAFC Foundation and is active in the IAFC EMS Section.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

Rapid-Fire, 90-Day ALS Training

Someone eager to become an EMT or paramedic can now do it in record timeƒfor a steep price. The National Academy for Prehospital Care (NAPC) in Fremont, Neb., recently began offering all-inclusive EMT-B training in 30 days for $3,200 and a three-month paramedic course for $26,178.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008


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