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June 2009

Cardiodromes: Using recognizable sets of signs & symptoms to understand & manage congenital heart defects

With the large number of children and growing number of adults with congenital heart defects, it_s important for EMS providers to be familiar with the most common defects and be able to properly assess and treat these patients.

Carrie Cobos, BS, RN, CEN, CFRN James F. Goss, MHA, MICP

Shedding Light on the Economic Crisis: What's happening & what we can do to protect EMS

Get the big picture of where EMS fits into the economic predicament and what agencies can do to keep their services running.

Michael G. Ragone Richard Keller

JEMS 2009 Hot Products: 30 innovative new products showcased at the 27th Annual EMS Today

The June 2009 issue of JEMS features 30 products that stood out at the EMS Today Conference & Exposition.

Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P

Letters

Letters

Readers share their comments on JEMS and JEMS.com articles.


Priority Traffic

Mandating Safety: Feds to require HEMS safety measures

FAA will make HEMS safety precautions mandatory, two new cardiac monitors hit the market, British Columbia paramedics strike, and more in this month's Priority Traffic.


Case of the Month

Pothole' Conversion: External mechanical force reverses supraventricular tachycardia

A patient with supreventricular tachycardia is converted after the ambulance hits a pothole, but the questions remains: Are 'precordial thumps' a good idea?

Steven Bauer, MD


EMS Mythbusters

Are High-Performing EMS Students Leaving the Field?

This month, JEMS Mythbusters take on reader Bill's question: Are high-performing EMS students leaving the field for hospital positions?

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


Last Word

Cuting Cardiac Deaths; Expired Antidotes & ZOLL on Forbes List

Heart disease drops to number-two killer in San Diego; Detroit ambulances caught carrying expired meds; ZOLL makes Forbes trustworthiness list for third year in a row; and more.


Leadership Sector

The Motivator: What lumberjacks & EMS providers have in common

What really keeps you motivated to work in EMS? We all know it's not the pay ...

Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P


Siren Head

What If?: Situational awareness is more than a catch phrase

What would you do if a passerby walked up to your rig and threatened self-injury? Would you know how to react, or would you go with your gut?

Sirenhead


Lighter Side

Tat Tapestry: Patients' skin gives us clues into their well-being and lifestyle

The skin of our patients can give us clues into their well-being. It can also be a visual window into their souls, or at least their lifestyle choices.

Steve Berry


Research Review

Advanced Directives, Tourniquets, Tasers & Prehospital ETI in Seattle

Read about 2009 studies on prehospital ETI, advanced directives, tourniquets and tasers.

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


Tricks of the Trade

Life-Saver: Is that EMS term for real?

How do we know we're saving lives? Sometimes evidence-based medicine is simply cards and letters from former patients telling you so.

Thom Dick


Case of the Month

Better Days Ahead: Poor economy causes EMS to retool for the future

The failing economy is not cause for panic, but rather a time for EMS to do what it has always done well -- re-evaluate and capitalize on existing resources and opportunities.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P


Letters

Polarizing Position & CSI EMS

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