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August 2011

Pediatric Patients Present with Cardiomyopathies

Learn about the cardiomyopathies that affect pediatric patients.

Rick A. Slaven, BA, EMT-P

Intranasal EMS Fentanyl Administration Can Relieve Patient Pain & Anxiety

Intranasal administration of fentanyl is especially useful in the prehospital emergent care of pediatric patients because it causes an almost immediate reduction in pain and anxiety.

Jim Massey, BS, EMT-P, CCP-C

SAFE Program Fights Sexual Assault

Healthcare providers train together to learn about sexual assault victims’ needs.

David Prezant, MD Glenn Asaeda, MD James Braun, MA

Review of Stroke Therapies in the Past, Present & Future

Ultrasound therapy offers more options for treating stroke patients.

Jason Bowman, MS, LP, CCEMT-P

Features

New Drug Has Dangerous Potential for Patients & Providers

Widely available new drug poses threats to patients and providers.

Jon Nevin, NREMT-P, BS, MBA


Features

How to Identify ST-Elevation Imposters in the Field

Most cases of ST elevation aren’t caused by an AMI. Read about some of the most common imposters.

Colin Arnold, BA, MICP


Case of the Month

Photo Rhyman007

Rogue Waves Leave Surfer Unconscious

Large waves pin surfer at Mavericks, leaving him unconscious.

Gene Hall


Research Review

Studies Examine Effects of Scene Times for STEMI Patients

Research studies evaluate affects of decreased door-to-balloon times for STEMI patients.

David Page, MS, NREMT-P


From the Editor

JEMS Editor-in-Chief Shares Lessons from the Road

JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, learned from shows in Rhode Island, Ohio and Las Vegas this spring.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P


Letters

Readers respond to recent JEMS and JEMS.com content.

Readers share comments on JEMS and JEMS.com articles.


Priority Traffic

Photo A.J. Heightman

Seattle Medic One Tops 50% Survival Rate in Witnessed V-Fib

Find out how Seattle is so successful in treating v-fib.


Leadership Sector

What Keeps EMS Managers Up at Night?

From safety to politics, EMS managers must be problem solvers.

Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P


EMS in Action

Photos Kevin Link

EMS Providers Rescue Hypothermic Teen from Mud

Canadian EMS providers rescued and treated a teenager who became mildly hypothermic after being stuck in mud for hours.


Tricks of the Trade

Photo Thom Dick

Think Before You Transfer

Providers should think before transferring some patients during the night shift.

Thom Dick


Last Word

Illustration Paul Combs

Innovative Air Ambulance, Florida Team’s International Win & Tea Breaks

CALSTAR gets an innovative air ambulance, a Florida team wins in the Czech Republic and Scots evaluate tea breaks.


Lighter Side

Steve Berry Recalls Stretchers of the Past

EMS has come a long way in stretcher technology.

Steve Berry


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