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Strengthening the Chain of Survival

The cardiac chain of survival depends first and foremost on early CPR, but once EMS professionals arrive, quality measures -- such as real-time feedback and integrated debriefing -- make a vital difference in patient outcomes.

Posted Thursday, October 1, 2009

Introduction

Improvements in training and medical direction—in both prehospital and hospital systems—has allowed technology and advanced medical treatment to rapidly expand in the field, hospitals and EDs. In many instances, innovative prehospital systems and their medical directors are on the front lines leading the charge.

Posted Thursday, October 1, 2009

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The Most Important Test

The 12-lead ECG is the most important initial test for diagnosing acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Changes have recently been incorporated into the Philips DXL ECG algorithm and the HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrillator that enhance the ECG’s ability to detect acute ischemia, AMI & STEMI.

Posted Thursday, October 1, 2009

Calif. USAR Team Called to Free Man from Dumbbell Ring

On Tuesday, squad members responded to a trapped penis.

Posted Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ohio Paramedics Amputate Bus Driver's Leg

Paramedics had to amputate a bus driver's leg at the scene of a crash in Athens County on Monday.

Posted Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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Odd Job: Woman Impaled by Tree Limb

Michelle Childers and her husband, Daniel, were taking a recreational drive on a rural road Sept. 5 when a spruce tree crashed through the passenger side window of the vehicle.

Posted Monday, September 21, 2009

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Woman Rescued from Remote Maryland Trail

U.S Park Police and members of the Montgomery County Fire Department worked together on Sunday to rescue a woman who was injured in a remote area of Great Falls.

Posted Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Blood Tests Detect Heart Attacks Faster, Better

A new generation of blood tests can quickly and reliably show if a person is having a heart attack soon after chest pains start a time when current tests are not definitive, two studies found.

Posted Thursday, September 3, 2009

Pump for the Pump

There’s significant evidence that manual CPR isn’t effective in a moving ambulance. It’s time for EMS agencies to pay attention to the data on effective CPR and the efficacy of mechanical CPR to improve resuscitation outcomes.

Posted Tuesday, September 1, 2009






 

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