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April 2010

Learn to Make Better Decisions and Improve Patient Care

Critical thinking during the thought processes that dictate assessment and treatment can dramatically improve patient care and outcomes.

Christopher Chumbley, RN, BS, NREMT-P David L. Sullivan, PhD, NREMT-P

Evidence-based Guidelines for Adult Traumatic Brain Injury Care

With careful attention to the ABCs, EMS providers can reduce the mortality of severe traumatic brain injured patients.

Jeremy DeWall, MD, NREMT-P

Nation’s First Community of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors

The nation’s first online community for survivors of SCA is continuously growing.

Mary Newman, MS

Extrication Fundamentals

Learn everything you need to know about extrication, from the gear you should bring to the logistics of the scene.

Jon Politis, MPA, NREMT-P Michael W. Dailey, MD, FACEP

Last Word

Illustration Paul Combs

Burger Bosses Battle for Business and an Idea with Bite

A Colorado paramedic invents a scoop-and-suction catheter, the Erin (Ontario) Fire Department encourages citizens to exaggerate complaints, and a Kentucky air medical service aims to improve STEMI outcomes in rural communities.


Case of the Month

Photo Courtesy Dr. Edward T. Dickinson

Seat Belt Sign on the Neck Is a Serious Finding

Providers should examine MVC patients for seatbelt sign of the neck because it can signify underlying trauma.

Adam Fox, DPM, DO | Edward T. Dickinson, MD, NREMT-P, FACEP


Tricks of the Trade

Photo Thom Dick

A Thank You Goes a Long Way

In these tough times, a little courtesy can have a greater impact than you realize.

Thom Dick


From the Editor

Immobilization Study Presents Wake-up Call

A new study delivers a wake-up call about cervical immobilization.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P


EMS in Action

Photo Ray Kemp

Prolonged Entrapment

Paramedics work to extricate a bariatric patient who has been entrapped for more than 30 minutes after a head-on collision.


Priority Traffic

Photo Courtesy Ian Swords

NYTF–1 Aids Haitian Recovery Efforts

FDNY EMS deploys to Haiti to find and treat quake survivors, NREMT finds no evidence that DCFEMS EMTs cheated on national exams, our legal experts explain who’s responsible for negligent patient care on a call.


Lighter Side

Dummies Ain't So Dumb Anymore

Which is scarier: your annual practical evaluation by your medical director or the human patient simulator you have to use?

Steve Berry


Leadership Sector

Tackling Mandatory Overtime

When the calls keep coming in and the staff isn’t available, how do you force people to work?

Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P


Higher Learning

Teaching Capnography

Paradigms can be helpful education tools, but don’t get so caught up in what you know that you resist new ideas.

Bob Page, AAS, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P, NCEE


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