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From Worst to First?

In 2003 USA Today declared Washington, D.C. as the nation's worst EMS system. Read how our capital is moving forward with an ambitious plan to become the nation's best.

Posted Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Dirty Job: Compartment syndrome in a confined-space rescue

On the evening of Sept. 24, 2008, a 9-1-1 call was received reporting " man trapped in a tank" at the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Greenpoint Wastewater Treatment Plant. Dispatch immediately sent a patrol officer, as well as BLS and ALS units, to the site.

Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2008

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A Tight Squeeze

The objectives of this article are to recognize the importance of classifying the limited-access patient as a difficult airway; to identify the steps that need to be taken when assessing a patient's airway for difficulty; and to review the process for rapid sequence intubation.

Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2008

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The Secrets to Ambulance Financing: What to watch for & watch out for

Proper financial planning can provide an opportunity to invest in a better value for the same budget allocation, creating a vehicle that your staff will be proud to use.

Posted Monday, November 17, 2008

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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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