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Compassion Fatigue: A Hidden Stress in Providers of Mobile-Integrated Healthcare

August 17, 2015

Compassion fatigue, also known as secondary traumatic stress disorder (STSD), is similar to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is usually found in caregivers.

Dietary Supplements Can Help Providers with a Busy Schedule

August 17, 2015

In reality, no supplement is perfect for everyone. It’s important to factor yourself into the equation to figure out what—if anything—you need.

Readers Unite to Discuss EMS Suicide

August 4, 2015

On Facebook, readers united to share stories about their experiences with the harrowing parts of EMS, and together agreed “there is no shame in admitting you’re human.” 

Five Station-Friendly Workouts

July 27, 2015

Because EMS is a physical job, it only makes sense responders have the education and tools necessary to stay fit on duty.

A First Responder's Guide to Ebola

May 4, 2015

There are several things to think about when considering the treatment of an Ebola patient in the back of an ambulance in the traditional EMS setting.

Serving the Psychological Needs of Your Employees

May 1, 2015

How does your agency help employees cope with the traumas and stressors of EMS?

Pro Bono: Privacy within Mass Casualty Incidents

May 1, 2015

HIPAA compliancy in MCIs is challenging but feasible.

Medical Waste Not as Dangerous as its Stigma Suggests

April 6, 2015

Regulations are disproportionate to the risks involved.

Readers Sound Off About Glove Use After Patient Care

March 17, 2015

How often are you susceptible to potentially unclean surfaces?

Document On-the-Job Assault and Harassment

January 26, 2015

Be your own advocate.

Understanding and Managing the Benefits of Weight Gain After Smoking Cessation

January 16, 2015

Smoking among emergency personnel is notably higher than that of the general population: 19.7% of male and 25.5% of female EMS providers currently smoke, in contrast to 18.1% of American adults.

Workplace Fatigue Creates Dangerous Risks for EMS Employees

January 8, 2015

My very first 24-hour shift occurred when I was almost 30 years old, and that’s old in EMS years.

Understand When to Remove Gloves and Other PPE

December 2, 2014 The call is over. The EMS crew is cleaning the ambulance, writing the patient care report and preparing for the next call. Their patient was a 44-year-old male who had a four-day history of nausea and vomiting. During their assessment, the EMTs id...

Eat Right to Make Sure You Don’t End Up a Patient

December 2, 2014 Recently I got married and did the typical bride-to-be thing by going on a diet—I exercised my butt off. I felt all the benefits you hear about: increased energy, decrease in back pain, better self-esteem. I loved it! So let’s look at ...

Staging Our Response to Ebola and Other Contagious Diseases

October 15, 2014 The Ebola challenge for the American emergency system has arisen very quickly, and provides us with another opportunity to refine the approach to contagious diseases. As emergency providers sit together to draft regional plans, there’s a res...

Metropolitan Medical Directors Share Protocols on Ebola Practices and Procedures

October 10, 2014 In this rapid transportation era, a disease threat can move at lightning speed, and it’s possible for an ill patient to show up in any corner of the United States tomorrow. As we face the worldwide threat of Ebola, as well as a domestic chal...

Understanding Ebola Precautions

October 8, 2014 Although outbreaks of the Ebola virus hemorrhagic fever in Africa have occurred sporadically over the years, the latest is the largest to date. In the past, each outbreak was quickly controlled when teams from the United States arrived and inst...

Pinnacle Keynote Speaker Discusses the Effects of Sleep Deprivation & Fatigue

July 23, 2014 The 2014 Pinnacle conference began Tuesday night at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Following a warm welcome to attendees by Program Chair Jay Fitch, former Navy commander Scott Shappell, PhD, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univer...

The new NFFF Initiative 13 Works to Change Traumatic Incident Response Stigma

July 11, 2014 Though not found in any official job description, the difficult nature of an emergency responder’s job has come to be expected. They’ll often witness or be part of traumatic events that can weigh on them physically, emotionally, spirit...

Is EMS Still the Most Dangerous Profession?

July 8, 2014 Time to Take Action 1. Maguire BJ, O’Meara PF, Brightwell RF, et al. Occupational injury risk among Australian paramedics: An analysis of national data. Med J Aust. 2014;200(8):477–480. 2. Maguire BJ, Smith S. Injuries and fataliti...

The Effects of Consuming Caffeine & Energy Drinks on a Long Shift

January 13, 2014 Most of us know at least one person who refuses to speak or function in the morning until they’ve had their first cup of coffee. Actually, chances are you know several, since a reported 90% of North Americans consume caffeine on a daily basi...

The Bare Necessities of EMS

November 22, 2013 When packing for vacation, I always lay out all the items I think I’ll need. Clothing, money, sunglasses, suntan lotion, shampoo, lip balm, directions, GPS, tickets and many other things. Then I put back half of my clothes and double the amo...

Tools to Safely Transport Patients

November 22, 2013 Twenty something years ago, as a new rookie, I was approached by a seasoned old guy—oops, I mean veteran. He posed two very simple questions to me: a young, green 23-year-old. His first question: “Do you drink coffee son?” I repl...

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

November 20, 2013 The EMS Safety Foundation has rolled out its innovative new INDEMO 1.0 Ambulance Safety Innovation Design Module Project. The unique trailer, the result of years of research and discussion about ambulance safety and design, allows EMS personnel, m...

Laundry Bins, Pay Raises & Other Morale Measures

November 18, 2013 “Morale is the lowest it has ever been!” As an EMS provider or administrator, I am quite certain you’ve heard that sometime during your career. And just when you thought morale couldn’t get any lower, you heard it again the...

How & Why To Improve Employee Wellness

November 18, 2013 The average person will spend 90,000 hours working during their lifetime.1 That equates to more than 10 entire years spent on the job. For EMTs and paramedics who often work 48-hour weeks and frequently have more than one employer, these numbers m...

You Know You’re Getting Old in EMS When…

October 9, 2013



3 Key Factors Revolutionizing EMS

October 7, 2013 EMS, and medicine in general, is experiencing a period of unprecedented change. As new payment structures introduce challenges, new roles for providers emerge. The 2020 Vision series attempts to envision how these changes will evolve over the next...

A Guide to EMS Gridiron Infractions

August 31, 2013 Underfoot, a blanket of flaming gold crunches with each brisk step. The quaking branches continue to shed their once-treasured foliage, ever yielding to the crisp yet invigorating wind. The earthen soil once veiled by the crowning aspens is now sh...

EMS Chaplains Provide Spiritual Support for Providers & Staff

August 31, 2013 EMTs, paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers regularly encounter traumatic events. For many, the experience—plus the support of peers, managers, family and friends—is a key component in their ability to cope with the stress that&...

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