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November 2013

2013 Buyer’s Guide

Learn about industry products, innovations and trends

The Bare Necessities of EMS

What do you use daily in your ambulance?

Billy Guth, EMT-P

Tools to Safely Transport Patients

Learn about the new products available to help you & the patient stay safe.

Dominic Silvestro, EMT-P, EMS-I

ePCR: A Vital QI Tool

Electronic patient care records (ePCRs) can transform the way data is collected and used to improve patient care in EMS systems.

Steven A. Cohen, BS, NREMT-P


The Importance of Scene Illumination at Mass-Casualty Incidents

At any scene, but especially those with multiple patients, proper lighting can facilitate patient assessment and ensure the most effective, efficient triage and treatment. JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman shares what scene lighting is so important and provides 10 lighting tips.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P


Complete CE Classes on the Internet

Watch videos, follow lectures or read articles.

Greg Friese, MS, NREMT-P


The Facts & Details About Different Types of Tourniquets

There are many different devices that are being marketed and sold as tourniquets, and there are a lot of factors to consider when making your selection.


The Argument for BLS CPAP

CPAP decreases the work of breathing and the need for intubation

Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP


The Case for CPR Feedback Devices

For many patients in cardiac arrest, the best hope lies in high-quality, effective CPR—not defibrillation. But even professionals often fall short in their CPR technique. Dr. John Freese explains why CPR feedback devices hold such hope for increasing cardiac arrest survival rates.


Mobile Demonstration Module from EMS Safety Foundation Exhibits Safe Patient Compartment Configurations

Get inside a realistic, open-space patient compartment reflecting state-of-the-art, science-driven design & safety features.

Nadine Levick, MD, MPH


How & Why To Improve Employee Wellness

Employee wellness benefits everyone, and is easy to promote with these creative ideas.

Elizabeth Smith, EMT-B

Last Word

Citizen Responds to CPR Incident Thanks to Mobile App

Heather Roms became the first citizen in Oregon to respond to a CPR-Incident notification using the PulsePoint mobile application .

Lighter Side

You Know You're Married Into EMS When ...

The signs you’re married to an EMS professional.

Steve Berry

Hands On

Hands On November 2013

Reviews of products ranging from tourniquets to bracelets

Dominic Silvestro, EMT-P, EMS-I

Tricks of the Trade

Save Trees and Get Organized with Recent Technology

Save paper and streamline record-keeping by investing in digital devices.

Thom Dick

Leadership Sector

The Challenge of the “Project Management Triangle”

Top-quality EMS systems effectively balance quality, cost, and speed.

Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P

Priority Traffic

Preparing to Protect Student Athletes

A “Medical Time Out” at student sporting events could help EMS personnel to prepare for emergencies.

Richard Huff, NREMT-B


Austin-Travis County EMS Responds to JEMS Article

Agency sends a three-page letter and author Dave Williams responds.

From the Editor

Nebraska Conference Teaches Important EMS Lessons

Midwest hospitality and the opportunity to critique make for a great conference that also serves as an educational example for EMS.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P

EMS in Action

Assessment of Car Crash Victim Made Easier with Proper Scene Lighting

Proper scene lighting allows for EMS personnel to better asses a patient following a vehicular collision with a tree.

Case of the Month

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Elderly Diabetic Female with Altered Mental Status

An elderly diabetic female that has taken her medication still shows signs of low glucose, but also presents signs & symptoms of opioid overdose.

Jon Nevin, NREMT-P, BS, MBA

Educator’s Corner

Get Students on Their Feet to Increase the Effectiveness of EMS Education

Research shows that our alertness, retention and engagement increases when we stand as opposed to sit. Dr. Chris Nollette applies this to EMS instruction, encouraging instructors to get their students up on their feet.

Chris Nollette, Ed.D, NREMT-P, LP

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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