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Escape Faulty Thinking: How to minimize the influence of bias in patient assessment

This article describes EMS patient assessment errors and the common cognitive dispositions to respond that contribute to them and identifies cognitive strategies to reduce errors in EMS patient assessment.

Posted Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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Bad Medicine: Preventing drug errors in the prehospital setting

Although most EMS agencies have written protocols for medication administration and/or online medical communication, EMS providers must also have autonomy to make medical decisions in emergency situations.

Posted Thursday, October 9, 2008

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Rig Safety 9-1-1: What you need to know about ambulance safety & standards

What is it that we need to know about ambulance safety? What's safe and what isn't? What works and what doesn't? And where do we go to find out?

Posted Thursday, October 9, 2008

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Paralysis Analysis: Using Succinylcholine to Help, Not Harm

The following case study shows that„when clinicians ignore the situational dangers of a go-to airway drug, and possess only a ˙thin veneer of competenceÓ in dispensing it, they often do more harm than good.

Posted Wednesday, October 8, 2008

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Extreme Ambulance Makeovers

EMS chief of Littleton (Colo.) Fire Rescue, Wayne Zygowicz, discusses some of the best accessories available in the ambulance industry.

Posted Wednesday, October 8, 2008

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Handle with Care: The challenges of transporting suicidal patients

Dealing with suicidal patients is inherently challenging because they may be difficult. Prehospital treatment options are limited for this population.

Posted Monday, October 6, 2008

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Now What?: Managing exposures without Ryan White notifications

The repeal of the emergency response provisions of the Ryan White CARE Act has jeopardized the legal rights of some emergency responders following exposures to communicable diseases.

Posted Monday, September 15, 2008

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Liability Basics for Instructors: Tips for preventing lawsuits in the educational setting

Everyone in EMS has received some training in liability issues associated with the delivery of patient care, but few of us who have become instructors have received any training regarding legal issues related to EMS education.

Posted Monday, September 15, 2008

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MisLeading: The clinical implications of misplaced ECG leads

The 12-lead ECG has become an exceptional prehospital tool in the detection and treatment of life-threatening arrhythmias and cardiac-associated complaints.

Posted Monday, September 15, 2008






 

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