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November 2009

Sentimental Journey: Granting hospice patients one last wish

Be inspired by this awesome partnership between an EMS agency and a hospice in Colorado.

Teresa McCallion, EMT-B

A Better Benchmark: Savvy EMS agencies use data to identify, communicate & advocate for their patients' needs

Data collection can help you effectively allocate existing resources and lobby for new ones.

Surviving Cardiac Arrest: ITDs provide optimal blood flow at a critical time

Impedance threshold devices (ITDs) improve survival rates and might be a future standard of care.

Kenneth Navarro, M.Ed

EMS in Action

Photo Ray Kemp

Call to Action: EMS Providers Extricate and Treat Patient in Black Friday

Missouri EMS providers extricated and transported a woman who suffered internal injuries and fractures after her car collided with a tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving.


Last Word

Last Word

MedStar EMS cuts down on ˙habitual clientsÓ; North Last Vegas firefighter/EMTs don pink for a breast cancer cure; and a Maryland ambulance fails to find its way to a call.


Lighter Side

Holiday Algorithmics

If you've ever had to work a holiday, this Thanksgiving assessment algorithm reference card is for you.

Steve Berry


Research Review

Research Review: What Current Studies Mean to EMS

Read about 2009 studies on intubation, etomidate, transporting stroke patients, and estimating blood loss.

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


Check Your Vitals

Photo Courtesy John Amtman

Excess Weight

There's more to weight loss than simply eating less. Learn how to determine your body composition and exactly how much you should lose.

John Amtmann, EdD, NREMT-B


Case of the Month

Stimulus Overload: 'Video game epilepsy' causes seizures in young and old

EMS providers treat a 24-year-old for seizures experienced following prolonged and close-range video game play.


Tricks of the Trade

Tips from Long-haul Truckers

The state of your rig makes a strong impression in the public's mind; use these shortcuts to keep it looking clean.

Thom Dick


Leadership Sector

Generation Y: Why You Can't Connect

Not all generations think alike. Find out what you should know about Generation Y.

Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P


From the Editor

He Gave Us All a Lift: Remembering EMS pioneer Richard Ferneau

Here_s A.J._s take on how to effectively use rescue vehicles and police cruisers to block traffic at collision scenes.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P


Priority Traffic

Half MAST: Will merger with fire service destroy high-performing EMS system?

Kansas City (Mo.) City Council votes to merge MAST Ambulance Service with the city;s fire department; a new study finds 31% of prehospital providers flunk intubation while critics debate study methods; JEMS legal experts weigh in on employer responsibilities regarding complaints against employees; JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman pays tribute to the late Richard Ferneau; and more.


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