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July 2009

Treat Athletic C-Spine Injuries In and On the Field

Athletic helmets and padding are designed for different purposes than helmets motorcyclists wear. When you encounter sports-related C-spine injuries; knowing the difference and treating accordingly can directly impact your patient's outcome.

Alter Behavior and Reduce Medical Errors

Create an open environment in which EMS personnel will join together to prevent medical errors and admit to them when they happen.

Survive Your Next Shift

Don't let your career put you in danger. Learn a thing or two about scene safety and self defense.

Cardiocerebral Resuscitation

The study of using cardiocerebral resuscitation for prehospital care of cardiac arrest patients.

Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP

Last Word

Last Word

Boston tracks AED locations; Oregon Congressman speaks out against W-2s for volunteers; integrated flu guidelines plan comes off without a hitch; and more.


Lighter Side

Spurs and Backboards: Working the NASCAR of the West

Steve Berry can_t think of a better place to work Fourth of July weekend than a rodeo. Read why.

Steve Berry


Tricks of the Trade

Handles for People: Revisiting the Montana Blanket Roll

People in bathtubs are slippery and can be frustrating to handle safely and with good body mechanics. The Montana Blanket Roll is a simple, quick answer.

Thom Dick


Leadership Sector

Preparing for the Next Opportunity

You never know when a good job opportunity will arise. Be ready!

Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P


Volunteer Voice

Volunteer Voice: On the Same Page

EMS will eventually have to make some big changes to its structure. Find out why.


Proof of Life: Make Every Possible Effort Even When Patients Look Dead

Many providers fall into the trap of declaring patients dead when they merely look dead, which is why we must change our mindset from one of looking to determine death to that of looking for "proof of life."

David Erdman, EMT-P


(Photo Courtesy John Amtmann)

Cardio Exercise Helps Prevent Injury

Learn how to improve your cardiorespiratory fitness, so you can prevent illness and injury down the road.

John Amtmann, EdD, NREMT-B


Striking out at Stroke: A Comparative Perspective

Could we be doing more for our acute stroke patients? Yes. Southeast Coast Ambulance Service in the United Kingdom has a unique multi-disciplinary model that may point to the future of stroke care in the U.S.

Geoffrey T. Miller, EMT-P


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