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More Than Just a Standard: NFPA 1584 defines the rehab process

There's a new standard that you need to become familiar with. It's National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1584, the Standard on the Rehabilitation Process for Members During Emergency Operations and Training Exercises.

Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008

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Getting Ready to Get Out: How EMS providers & hospital staff can work together to successfully relocate patients

This article discusses the evacuation of health-care facilities during a time of disaster.

Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008

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Off the Paper Trail: Automated management of training records helps keep certifications organzied & current

Staying current with mandated training and certifications isn_t easy to accomplish because so much training is tracked manually. The good news is that software is now available to automate training records.

Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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Escape Faulty Thinking: How to minimize the influence of bias in patient assessment

This article describes EMS patient assessment errors and the common cognitive dispositions to respond that contribute to them and identifies cognitive strategies to reduce errors in EMS patient assessment.

Posted Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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Bad Medicine: Preventing drug errors in the prehospital setting

Although most EMS agencies have written protocols for medication administration and/or online medical communication, EMS providers must also have autonomy to make medical decisions in emergency situations.

Posted Thursday, October 9, 2008

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Rig Safety 9-1-1: What you need to know about ambulance safety & standards

What is it that we need to know about ambulance safety? What's safe and what isn't? What works and what doesn't? And where do we go to find out?

Posted Thursday, October 9, 2008

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Paralysis Analysis: Using Succinylcholine to Help, Not Harm

The following case study shows that„when clinicians ignore the situational dangers of a go-to airway drug, and possess only a ˙thin veneer of competenceÓ in dispensing it, they often do more harm than good.

Posted Wednesday, October 8, 2008

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Extreme Ambulance Makeovers

EMS chief of Littleton (Colo.) Fire Rescue, Wayne Zygowicz, discusses some of the best accessories available in the ambulance industry.

Posted Wednesday, October 8, 2008

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Handle with Care: The challenges of transporting suicidal patients

Dealing with suicidal patients is inherently challenging because they may be difficult. Prehospital treatment options are limited for this population.

Posted Monday, October 6, 2008


 

 

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