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June 2008

Deconstructing Obstructions Techniques for relieving airway obstructions when your advanced airway techniques are exhausted

The following cases present some less common techniques for advanced airway management that you might need to apply someday.

The Young Airway Prehospital assessment & management of pediatric respiratory distress

A 12-year-old male is accidentally shot in the face by a friend with a 410 shotgun at a distance of about 5 yards.

Michael F. Murphy, MD, FRCPC

Case of the Month

Power of Prediction: "Of each particular thing, ask: 'What is it in itself, in its own construction?'" -Marcus Aurelius

Do we need to experience patterns to truly understand them before we make reliable predictions for patients based on patterns?


From the Editor

The Revolving Data Door

The deficiency of patient-outcome data has been haunting EMS systems for decades and needs to be addressed to enable us to close the loop on the care of prehospital patients.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P


Last Word

No Fools at Henry County FD

Featuring: No Fools at Henry County FD, Red Tape Hobbles Volunteer Group, and Female Medic Wins Silver Star


Leadership Sector

The Dysfunction Test: The biggest symptoms of inefficiency & unrest

EMS systems are measured by their save rate on out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and by their response times. These are things that can be measured. But what about things we don't traditionally measure in our systems?

Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P


Tricks of the Trade

Lawnmowers: A resuscitation standard anybody can use

Matthew Cupp received a surprise award in March for initiating CPR on a popular 52-year-old coworker.

Thom Dick


Research Review

What Current Studies Mean to EMS

Research Review: Reclined Seats Increase Injury Risk, Successful Use of Adenosine in PSVT, Treating Hypoglycema without Transport, and CPAP Reduces Intubation and Mortality

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


Priority Traffic

EMS Today Coverage: Beyond the sessions and exhibit hall...

The 4,500 people who attended the 2008 EMS Today Conference and Exposition had a lot more to do than attend some 100 sessions and visit 298 booths in the exhibit hall.


The Lost Art of Splinting: How to properly immobilize extremities & manage pain

Splinting comes in many forms and. There's both a science and an art to it. Like other skills, the more we splint, the better we get. Should we splint all fractures, sprains, strains, dislocations or soft-tissue injury sites on an extremity?


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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