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December 2009

Understand Folk Medicine's Role in the Prehospital Care of Many Mexican-Americans

Understand, recognize and respect the role of folk medicine in the Mexican-American population.

Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAAEM, EMT-P

Instant Feedback: Point-of-care testing helps providers make life-saving decisions

New point-of-care testing devices can produce results in minutes and guide the provider in treatment decision-making.

Deems Okamoto, MD, FACEP Paul Berlin, NREMT-P, MS

Back to the Basics

Studies show that having more than two paramedics at a medical emergency tends to be detrimental. Is it because we're jumping to ALS without first providing important BLS measures?

Mark Rock,BA, NREMT-P

Arlington County, Va., Task Force Rethinks Active Shooter Incident Response

We've trained for WMD responses. But what about the greatest threat for mass casualty: the well-armed, well-supplied lone gunman? Who's trained to respond to that?

Blake Iselin E. Reed Smith, MD, FACEP

Priority Traffic

To the Summit: Government & industry convene to address ambulance safety

Government agencies and private organizations join forces to address ambulance safety; Agencies proactively address regional paramedic shortages; JEMS legal experts caution against too-real training; and more.


Does Size Matter?: Paramedic program class size may predict success

The EMS Mythbusters look at the link between paramedic program size and the success of NREMT candidates.

Antonio R. Fernandez, MS, EMT-P | Melissa A. Bentley, BS, EMT-P

Siren Head

Get with It: Embracing scientific improvements to EMS

Like the two mice in the best-selling book, ˙Who Moved My Cheese?', EMS must embrace advancements in clinical care or face obsolescence.


Lighter Side

Dag Nab It!: Why didn't I think of that EMS invention?

This list of EMS products is sure to save your nose, hold lots of bodily fluids -- or at least make you laugh.

Steve Berry

Case of the Month

Hidden Trauma: Seizure patients have a significant risk for injury

Crews respond to a call for a fallen 32-year-old seizure patient but fail to suspect a severe injury.

Chad Brocato, JD, DHSc, CFO

Tricks of the Trade

Pearls: 30 things EMS providers should know

JEMS columnist Thom Dick and his old partner Les Federoff share pearls of wisdom somebody else should have shared with you.

Thom Dick

Leadership Sector

Media 'Trauma': New NBC series gives managers something to think about

Along with unrealistic scenarios, NBC series 'Trauma' delivers a call to action for EMS managers.

Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P


Dangerous Suspension & Of EMS, By EMS, For EMS

Readers share their comments on JEMS and articles.

From the Editor

On the Tech Horizon: New software leads to decreased patient mortality

Some far-fetched-sounding technology might be used by EMS systems in the near future.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P

EMS in Action

Remote Cardiac Call: ALS crew treats patient with suspected drug overdose

EMS providers choose RSI on a cardiac patient in a rural area.

Courtesy Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Going it A-Loan & Mobilizing EMS in Pittsburgh

Chicago Fire Department sued for allegedly failing to maintain AED batteries; EMS comes out in full force for Pittsburgh's G-20 summit; and a Lacrosse, Wisc., EMS agency starts the nation's first AED loaner program.

(Photo courtesy John Amtmann)

Stretch Your Routine: Athletes aren't the only ones to benefit from flexibility

Learn how a little flexibility training just might save your career.

John Amtmann, EdD, NREMT-B

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

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