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August 2009

Is a Seismic Shift in EMS Airway Management Coming?

Is EMS adequately oxygenating and ventilating patients? It may be time to reconsider how we approach airway management in the field.

Michael F. Murphy, MD, FRCPC Steven Petrar, MD

The Omega Project: Reclassifying Non-Emergency Calls

Medic, the Mecklenburg County (N.C.) EMS agency, has a new approach for dealing with a common problem: Increased demand with decreased funding.

Barry Bagwell Jeff Keith

Dangerous Suspension: Understanding suspension syndrome & prehospital treatment for those at risk

How would you treat a patient who was suspended in a harness for 10 minutes? If you said "recovery position," think again.

William Raynovich, NREMT-P, EDD

Lighter Side

Lighter Side: Personal Space

The personal space between EMS providers and their partners, patients and the general public sometimes leaves much to be desired.

Steve Berry


Research Review

Research Review: What Current Studies Mean to EMS

Read about 2009 studies on cath labs, pain management, IV catheters and psychologic scores.

Elizabeth Criss, NP, MED, MS, CEN, CCRN


Case of the Month

A 'Handle' on Trauma: Rapid recognition, transport & resuscitation save young life

A teenage patient survives severe abdominal trauma following a bike accident thanks to quick recognition and transport to an appropriate facility.

K. Alexander Malone, MD, FACEP


Tricks of the Trade

Tube Sight: You can't hit what you can't see

A couple of simple techniques can make intubating a bloody airway a lot easier.

Thom Dick


Ambiguous Acronyms: A reader complains about 'PMS' & other medical shorthand

Do you know what PMS stands for? A reader wonders why Sirenhead used a certain acronym instead of spelling out the phrase.


It's What You Know?: EMS pay may differ by organization type

A recent statement by Congress about disparities in airline pilot pay prompted the JEMS Mythbusters to ask whether EMS compensation varies among organization types.


Guest Commentary: Pass it On

Having problems getting through your to-do list? Learn how to delegate tasks to your subordinates to free up some time.

Raphael M. Barishansky, MPH


A Note About the JEMS Archives
Looking for something prior to January 2008? Additional archives back to 2006 are coming soon to the new JEMS.com, but you can click here for older archives in the meantime.

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