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February 2013

Oklahoma Leads the Way in Evidence-Based EMS

EMS leaders in Oklahoma came together to create a comprehensive set of EMS protocols based on the latest research.

David S. Howerton, NREMT-P Jeffrey M. Goodloe, MD, NREMT-P, FACEP Tammy Appleby, NREMT-B

Field Treatment & Prevention of Contracting Skin Infections

EMS providers need to know not only how to identify skin infections but also how to protect themselves against exposure.

Ann Fang, EMT-B Cynthia Goss, BA, MICP Dave Williams, MICP James F. Goss, MHA, MICP Joslyn De Los Santos, EMT-B Randy Yergenson, MICP

Ferno 2020 Vision Series Asks Visionaries What the Future Holds

The 2020 Vision program, sponsored by Ferno, asks visionaries in the industry to look into the future of EMS and come up with the steps that would be required to turn it into reality.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P

How the Peri-Shock Pause in Automated External Defibrillators Affects CPR

All AEDs have peri-shock pauses, but not all are alike.

Christopher Watford, BSc, NREMT-P David Baumrind, BA, EMT-CC

Features

2012 JEMS Surveys 200 Most Populous Cities

JEMS conducts surveys of the 200 most populous cities in the U.S.

Michael J. Ward, BS, MGA, MIFireE, NREMT


Features

Photo Larry Boxman

How EMS Can Achieve in the Face of Adversity

Reflections and suggestions for EMS managers in the current EMS economic environment.

Larry Boxman, EMT-P


Lighter Side

Illustration Steve Berry

Songs to Play during EMS Patient Encounters

If you use music therapy in the ambulance, here are some songs to avoid.

Steve Berry


Priority Traffic

Pro Bono: Keep Your Certification Current

The consequences of not maintaining certification can be significant.

Douglas Wolfberg JD, EMT | Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P


Research Review

Photo Kevin Link

A New Analysis of Lift-Assist Calls

David Page analyzes three new studies that looked at lift-assist calls, ECG accuracy in diagnosing STEMI, and the effect of temperature variation on drugs.

David Page, MS, NREMT-P


Hands On

Hands On February 2013

Check out the latest products and innovations in JEMS.

Dominic Silvestro, EMT-P, EMS-I


EMS in Action

Fort Worth (Texas) Fire and Medstar Mobile Healthcare Crews Immobilize Victim of Vehicle Crash

Victim was struck by a vehicle after it crashed into a building in Fort Worth.


Letters

Photo courtesy Mathias Kohring

Readers Share Feedback on Santa on the Air

Readers offer comments on recent JEMS.com article.


Last Word

Photo courtesy Acadian Ambulance

Medic Reunited with Co-Worker that Delivered Him

Birth was in the back of an ambulance and the medic signed the birth certificate.


Priority Traffic

Mark Bruning Steps Down as AMR President

American Medical Response Inc. (AMR) announced the departure of president Mark Bruning, effective Jan. 14. William A. Sanger, chief executive officer (CEO) of AMR’s parent company, Emergency Medical Services Corporation, has stepped in as interim president.

Teresa McCallion, EMT-B


Leadership Sector

Photo A.J. Heightman

How to Reduce the Risk of Personnel Narcotics Theft

Every EMS agency is vulnerable to narcotics theft by personnel. Gary Ludwig discusses steps agencies can take to limit the chances of such theft occurring.

Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P


Tricks of the Trade

Factor the Weight of Your Stretcher When Moving Patients

Knowing how much your stretcher weighs without a patient is critical information when planning patient movement while also protecting your back.

Thom Dick


From the Editor

Why Crew Resource Management in EMS Is a Must

CRM can help EMS agencies prepare to react properly during motor vehicle collisions and other catastrophes.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P


Case of the Month

Photo Courtesy Dennis Edgerly

Patient Presents with Unexplained Tachycardia

Your patient has a racing heart and complains of dizziness.

Dennis Edgerly, EMT-P


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