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September 2008

MisLeading: The clinical implications of misplaced ECG leads

The 12-lead ECG has become an exceptional prehospital tool in the detection and treatment of life-threatening arrhythmias and cardiac-associated complaints.

Liability Basics for Instructors: Tips for preventing lawsuits in the educational setting

Everyone in EMS has received some training in liability issues associated with the delivery of patient care, but few of us who have become instructors have received any training regarding legal issues related to EMS education.

Alan J. Azzara, JD, EMT-P W. Ann "Winnie" Maggiore, JD, NREMT-P

Now What?: Managing exposures without Ryan White notifications

The repeal of the emergency response provisions of the Ryan White CARE Act has jeopardized the legal rights of some emergency responders following exposures to communicable diseases.

Lighter Side

Practical Personalities

Most of you out there, who have taught EMS for any length of time, can recognize, identify and categorize predictable patterns and behaviors of certain individuals who consistently stimulate an involuntary response of the oculomotor nerve (third cranial nerve).

Steve Berry


Last Word

Last Word

Featuring:Don't Touch„That Bug, Ban Hazing Now!, Paramedics Keep Trains Running on Time, Winning Campaign, and Freedom Isn't Free


Case of the Month

Caught on Tape

Videos are being shot everywhere. How might it affect EMS?

Paul Werfel, NREMT-P


EMS in Action

The Great Chase

Mohawk Ambulance Paramedic Ed Marchand and EMT Becky Rosko are seen "chasing" jockeys during the 2007 Travers Stakes in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


Volunteer Voice

Don't Hesitate -- Educate: Funding education as a recruitment & retention tool

Providing access to higher education, both within and outside your organization, is an important benefit to offer.

Jason J. Zigmont, MA, NREMT-P


Tricks of the Trade

Pirates: Arr-r, a little fun's good

EMS is a serious business, but when the day is done, surprises break the monotony and foster a fun environment.

Thom Dick


From the Editor

I Finally Met John Wayne: Chance encounter presents modern-day hero

Editor-in-Chief, A.J. Heightman, meets John Wayne,; not the actor, but the real deal: a tough, dedicated, honorable man of action.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P


From Fragmentation to Unity: How to make the transition to the national EMS scope of practice model

Between 2010 and 2014, the nation_s EMS agencies will transition to meet the goals outlined in the IOM-supported National EMS Scope of Practice Model (SOP).


Grant Therrien

Infection Protection: A review of post-exposure prophylaxis

This review will present the guidelines for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) that have been developed to safeguard health-care providers, with emphasis on prophylaxis of HIV, HBV and HCV.


Bad Behaviors: We don't teach them, but we can avoid them

This article suggests one way EMS managers can„avoid hiring bad employees.

Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-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 JEMS.com, but you can click here for older archives in the meantime.

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