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AtHoc Survey Reveals Corporate Emergency Communications Best Practices

December 9, 2014 AtHoc, Inc., the leader in network-centric interactive crisis communication systems, today announced the findings from its State of Emergency Readiness Survey. The results show that businesses that place a high priority on communications during an...

Survey: Many Drivers Text Despite Danger

October 31, 2014 Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Most people do it anyway. In a new survey, 98 percent of motorists who own cellphones and text regularly said they were aware of the dangers, yet three-quarters of them admitted to...

PCRF 2014 Educational Abstracts

October 26, 2014 Note: Abstracts may be downloaded as a single PDF using the link below. Use of a Preparatory Course as a Reductive Intervention of EMT Course Attrition Author: Ginny Renkiewicz MHS, EMT-P Associate Authors:  Michael Hubble, W. PhD, NREMT-P

2014 JEMS Salary & Workplace Survey

October 6, 2014 About the Data The JEMS Web-based salary survey consisted of approximately 125 questions (less than previous years), allowing participants to voluntarily “skip” sections considered “not applicable.” There were 2,863 succe...

Employee Attrition Starts (and Ends) with Leadership

October 1, 2014 It’s been said that employees don’t leave EMS organizations—they leave their managers and situations. If you have employees retiring when they could stay longer, leaving in droves or applying for other jobs en masse, you’ve...

Patients May be Using Synthetic Cannabinoids More than You Think

September 15, 2014

Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) are a large family of man-made chemical compounds functionally or biologically similar to natural cannabinoids.

Survey Finds Personal Alerts Help Mobile Phone Owners Feel Safer During an Emergency

July 2, 2014 Four-out-of-five Americans (81%) who own a mobile phone would feel safer in an emergency situation if they received an emergency notification on their phone informing them of what was going on, according to a recent Federal Signal survey conducted...

New D.C. Fire Chief Faces Multiple Problems

June 30, 2014 Eugene A. Jones, the District's interim fire chief, may only have a guaranteed six months on the job, but don't call him a caretaker. He has the pressing challenge of restoring public confidence in one of the nation's busiest fire...

Orthopedic Considerations of the Polytrauma Patient

May 6, 2014 Orthopedic injuries comprise a large portion of emergency response requests to EMS agencies. Having a complete understanding of how these injuries present is critical for appropriate and timely management. The purpose of this article is to highlig...

Families Protest Plan for Unidentified 9/11 Remains

April 30, 2014 NEW YORK (AP) — A group of Sept. 11 family members vowed Thursday to protest when the unidentified remains of those killed at the World Trade Center are moved to a repository at the site this weekend. The relatives said the plan to hous...

Affordable Care Act’s Emphasis on Patient-centered Care Will Revolutionize EMS

February 11, 2014 Your ambulance service has been in business for 25 years and has always thought it had a good image in the community. However, recently the receiving hospitals have been contacting your service administrators to “complain” that their p...

2013 200 City EMS Survey

February 3, 2014 Application of evidence-based practice is making a difference in the 200 largest cities in the United States. A November 2013 study commission by the U.S. Conference of Mayors shows that a third of the metropolitan areas will record flat or negati...

EMS Agencies Need a Leadership Succession Plan

January 9, 2014 In Disney’s 1994 hit The Lion King, Mufasa ruled the Pride Lands in all its splendor. The heir apparent, Simba, was still a cub when Mufasa met his untimely death. The Pride Lands had many dark years until Simba matured enough to take back t...

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...

2013 JEMS Salary & Workplace Survey

October 8, 2013 The editors of JEMS welcome you to the 2013 JEMS Salary & Workplace Survey, again in collaboration with Fitch & Associates, LLC—an EMS/public safety-consulting firm with nearly 30 years of experience in the industry. We present this ...

Obama Orders Review of Chemical Plant Rules

August 1, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered federal agencies to review safety rules at chemical facilities in response to the deadly April explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant. JEMS Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Coverag...

Texas Lags on Plant Blast Injury Survey

July 29, 2013 DALLAS (AP) — More than three months after a Texas fertilizer plant exploded, killing 15 people and hurting hundreds, the state still has not started surveying blast injuries despite interest from state and federal officials. JEMS Texas Fer...

Healthcare Employers are Influenced by Social Media Profiles

July 19, 2013 Prehospital professionals risk being nixed for job opportunities based on misuse of online social media, a survey of healthcare managers suggests. Results from a CareerBuilder survey indicate around 33% of healthcare organizations actively researc...

Florida's 'No Child Locked Inside' Program brings Awareness to Infant Hyperthermia

June 21, 2013 On Sept. 25, 2012, a 6-month-old baby girl was found dead in a car where she had accidentally been left for as long as nine hours. The discovery was made at 5:45 p.m. at Doral Academy Preparatory School in West Miami-Dade, Fla. Police said the fat...

Survey and Research Highlight Disparity in EMS Pay and Rules

May 31, 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. - When bombs exploded in Boston and a monster tornado tore through Oklahoma, paramedics and emergency medical technicians ran toward danger. As first responders, they put their own lives at risk in order to save the lives of other...

CDC Survey Finds Most Americans Prefer to Die at Home

February 28, 2013 NEW YORK (AP) — Surveys show most Americans would rather die at home than in a hospital. Now, a new government study suggests more and more people getting their wish. The researchers studied the deaths of patients admitted to a sampling...

Golfer Rescued from Illinois Sinkhole

February 28, 2013 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mark Mihal was having a good opening day on the links when he noticed an unusual depression on the 14th fairway at Annbriar Golf Club in southern Illinois. Remarking to his friends how awkward it would be to have to hit out ...

Energy Drinks Cause Nationwide Increase in ER Visits

December 31, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry ...

Know What to Look for before Buying a Rig

November 19, 2012 When it comes to spec-ing an ambulance for your agency, there are many important considerations to keep in mind when thinking about a vehicle that will house numerous patients as well as be your “home” during long shifts. The following...

Bonus to JEMS 2012 Salary & Workplace Survey

October 25, 2012 These PDFs includ survey results for salaries for the following positions: Communications supervisor, communications, manager, chief financial officer, billing manager, fleet manager, information technology manager, operations manager, administrat...

JEMS 2012 Salary & Workplace Survey

October 8, 2012 The “JEMS Salary & Workplace Survey” is a joint research project in collaboration with Fitch & Associates, LLC (www.fitchassoc.com). For 28 years, Fitch & Associates is the leading international emergency services consultin...

Design Requirements for Ambulance Patient Compartments

September 28, 2012 In 2010, more than 250 U.S. ambulance crashes were reported in the news media.(1) During such crashes, EMS providers riding in the ambulance patient compartment while caring for patients are at high risk of suffering injuries. An ideal internal pa...

Studies Report on Stretcher Errors & Rate Protective Gear

August 17, 2012 In the coming years, as the culture of safety in EMS project continues, we hope to hear much more about patient and provider safety initiatives, and more routine reporting of errors, adverse events and near misses in all areas of EMS. This Oklahom...

Role of Social Media in Public Safety Significant and Growing

July 19, 2012 Washington, D.C. — LexisNexis Risk Solutions today announced the results of a comprehensive survey focused on the impact of social media on law enforcement in criminal investigations. The survey revealed that currently four out of five respo...

Media Study Finds 9/11 Most Memorable Moment Shared

June 30, 2012 NEW YORK (AP) — The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack is by far the most memorable moment shared by television viewers during the past 50 years, a study released on Wednesday concluded. The only thing that came close was President John F. K...

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