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January 2013

Therapeutic Hypothermia for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Patients Produces Promising Results

Studies test results from therapeutic hypothermia after resuscitation from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Francis Kim, MD J. Brent Myers, MD Michael K. Copass, MD

San Diego’s eRAP System Redirects Frequent Flyers

The eRAP system reduces dependence on EMS by linking ‘frequent flyers’ with more appropriate resources.

Anne Marie Jensen, EMT-P James Dunford, MD

How to Collect Better Data in the Field

If you feel like filling in fields makes you less effective in the field, read this.

John Pringle Loralee Olejnik

Video Laryngoscopes Will Have Increased Prehospital Use

Will video laryngoscopy become the preferred method of intubation in the field?

Jarrod Mosier, MD John Sakles, MD Terence Valenzuela, MD, MPH


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Monitoring Technology has Potential for Patient Outcomes

Pulse oximetry, capnography, cardiac monitoring & ultrasound among tools that can transform the field.

Mike McEvoy, PhD, RN, CCRN, REMT-P


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Tablet Devices Have Many Benefits for EMS Providers

In the classroom or in the field, tablet devices are transforming how data is used, collected and accessed.

Richard Huff, NREMT-B


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Learn the Ups & Downs of Occupational Medicine Contracts

Find out if your department is best utilizing its occupational medicine contract.

Katherine West, BSN, MSEd, CIC


AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks

Readers Share Feedback on Nutrition Article and Sandy Hook Shooting

Nutrition article and Sandy Hook school shooting garners interest from readers.

EMS in Action

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EMS Providers Treat Patients at Texas ‘Hotter ‘N Hell’ Hundred Bike Race

EMS providers treat patients at Texas ‘Hotter ‘N Hell’ bike race.

Research Review

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Research Studies Measure Prehospital Glucagon Use & Global EMT Competency

Researchers conduct study on global clinical skill competence of EMTs.

David Page, MS, NREMT-P

Leadership Sector

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Stop Punishing Employees for Mistakes

Assessing mistakes suggests alternatives to disciplinary action.

Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P

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Registration Open for EMS on the Hill Day

EMS providers can raise their issues with Capitol Hill.

Teresa McCallion, EMT-B

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Pro Bono: Personal Use of Company Equipment

Where does the line get drawn with regard to personal use of company equipment?

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

Tricks of the Trade

Rural EMT’s Idea Addresses Loading/Unloading Challenges for Rural Crews

Bedrock Lift offers simple solution for loading, unloading bariatric patients.

Thom Dick

Hands On

Hands On January 2013

Check out the latest products and innovations in JEMS.

Dominic Silvestro, EMT-P, EMS-I

From the Editor

Forces Beyond Your Control Are Destined to Impact Your Agency

In the next 12–18 months, you will see lots of action by agencies that have been thinking ahead by planning for changes in EMS reimbursement.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P

Last Word

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Man Gets ‘Boot’ for ‘Booting’ Ambulance

New Orleans man puts a ‘boot’ on ambulance while in service.

Priority Traffic

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Caffeine: The Good, Bad & Ugly

EMS providers need to know about the potentially dangerous effects of caffeine.

Corey Slovis, MD

Priority Traffic

AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks

Sandy Hook Shooting Underscores Schools’ Vulnerability

Although the gunman who killed 20 students and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary school does not appear to be politically motivated, his act underscores how easily our schools could be used for terrorist gains.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P

Case of the Month

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EMS Case is Cause for Confusion

You’re called to treat a confused male patient who is not drunk—just “not acting right.”

Dennis Edgerly, 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, but you can click here for older archives in the meantime.

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