Magazine Issue: August 2008 - Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) @

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August 2008

Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Assessing & managing eye injuries in the field

Severe eye injury is a rare call for EMS, but when the extent of the injury does trigger a 9-1-1 call your rapid assessment and care with transport to an appropriate facility can mean the difference between being permanently disabled and returning to normal life for your patient.

Bruce Evans, MPA, NREMT-P

The Threat of Hackers: The need to secure patient data & other important records on your agency's notebook computer

The need to secure patient data & other important records on your agency_s notebook computer

William Ott

Meet Narcan: The amazing drug that helps save overdose patients

They wake the unconscious, cure the very ill and even rescue patients from death_s door. They_re miracle drugs, and thousands of ambulance services across the country carry them. For those onlookers and new EMS providers who see a patient wake up from a deep, unconscious state, it_s a captivating experience. The most common of these drugs is dextrose. But there_s anotherƒMeet Narcan.

Don Hunjadi, EMT-I Karen Barker, RN, CCRN, EMT-P

The Return of Tourniquets: Original research evaluates the effectiveness of prehospital tourniquets for civilian penetrating extremity injuries

This article describes the patients who had the prehospital tourniquets applied, examines the appropriateness of tourniquet application and reports on the effectiveness of prehospital tourniquets on multiple patient outcomes.

Jeffrey Kalish, MD Peter Burke, MD


The Ins and Outs of Patient Meds: Knowing about common medications leads to improved patient care

This article provides an overview of common patient medications and a focus on their relevance to prehospital care.

EMS in Action

Semi vs. Bridge

Orland (Ind.) Community Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a semi-versus-bridge incident, where bystanders had reported being unable to find the driver.

From the Editor

A Critical Shut-Off Valve

Editor-in-chief, A.J. Heightman, believes there's no reason tourniquets shouldn't be used to safely and effectively control life-threatening bleeding from penetrating and other massive extremity injuries.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P

Leadership Sector

Seen It All?: Just when you thought nothing could surprise you

Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P,„thought he had heard it all until... . A fire chief tells him that one of his firefighters claimed another crew member was posing nude on a match-making Web site.

Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P

Tricks of the Trade

Maximum Fun Level: See how you are?

This column is written as a surprise for Chris Olson, a superstar paramedic in San Diego County.

Thom Dick

Last Word

Last Word

Features: Seatbelts in Pickups? Georgia Says, No Way!, Air Med Crews & Patients Become War Casualties, Phony Medic Worked in the Field for 17 Months, and Respond First

Priority Traffic

New EMT Skills: In some states, EMT-Bs perform 12-leads & manual defibrillation

In some states, EMT-Bs perform 12-leads & manual defibrillation.

It's Not Just a Title: The importance of having a 'chief'

What is the top leader in your organization called? This article may persuade you that all EMS top leaders should be "chiefs" in order for EMS to gain equality in the public safety industry.

Jason J. Zigmont, MA, NREMT-P

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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