Magazine Issue: February 2010 - Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) @ JEMS.com

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February 2010

2009 JEMS 200-City Survey

The annual JEMS 200-City Survey follows STEMI patient Mr. Hernandez, presenting agency performance data against his expectations and revealing the discrepancies.

David M. Williams, PhD Michael G. Ragone

Chill Factor: Why the hottest thing in EMS is cold

Therapeutic hypothermia is the latest example of how we're impacting the quality of emergency care far beyond our sandbox of medicine in the streets.

Into the Future: Identifying & mentoring your successor may be the most important thing you do

Are you a baby boomer? Take a hint from these EMS professionals who shared their thoughts on succession planning and mentoring.

EMS in Action

Dixon, Calif., Paramedics Respond to a Toppled Tractor Call

Paramedics tend to a patient after a tractor accident in Dixon, Calif.


Priority Traffic

Photo Craig Jackson

Registering Change: CARES helps EMS improve performance on cardiac arrest calls

CARES registry tracks EMS cardiac resuscitation performance; FICEMS finds states woefully unprepared for flu pandemic; DC Fire & EMS at the center of a wrongful death suit as medical director steps down; and more.


Lighter Side

Lighter Side: TV Emergencies

There might be nothing worse than watching a medical drama with an EMS provider.


Leadership Sector

A Solid Foundation: The components of the ideal EMS manager

When it comes to management style, the autocratic manager and the democratic manager are quite different.


Last Word

Illustration Paul Combs

Last Word

One Connecticut EMS post is run entirely by high school students; an ambulance manufacturer fulfills the Christmas wishes of disabled residents; rapid response teams recognize in-hospital emergencies; and a Michigan service is shut down by the state for 30-plus safety violations.


Higher Learning

Photo Courtesy Dennis Edgerly

To Each their Own

When it comes to CPAP, here's why some students just get it while others will ask a thousand questions.

Dennis Edgerly, EMT-P


From the Editor

The New World: Why you should master politics & documentation

In today's economy, EMS managers need to be budget-savvy and know how to watch their backs.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P


Red Hot Herring: Severe hyperthermia merely a symptom of patient's real problem

Severe hyperthermia proves to be a life-threatening complication of excited delirium syndrome in 50-year-old male drug abuser.


Bad News: Choosing your words and saying them well

Thom Dick shares some tips for delivering news of a loved one's death as well as additional resources for further information.


2009 JEMS 200-City Survey

The annual JEMS 200-City Survey follows STEMI patient Mr. Hernandez, presenting agency performance data against his expectations and revealing the discrepancies.


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

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