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  1. The Food & Ketchup Conundrum for EMS Responders - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

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Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Editor-in-Chief, JEMS Clues at the crash scene can be teaching moments for our own driving habits I had a strange thought today as I was put together a lecture for an upcoming conference on situational awareness and patient assessment. I was wondering how many of you have responded to a serious motor vehicle collision involving a driver with serious injuries or, worse yet, fatal injuries, and during your scene assessment found a sandwich on the floor or remnants of a sandwich such as ketchup, lettuce, onions, pickles, etc. (you get my point) splattered on the dashboard or steering wheel which could possibly indicate that your victim had been eating while driving and then crashed. We hear a lot about distracted drivers as a result of cellphone use, but I’ve personally seen evidence of distracted drivers from eating and driving at the same time, particularly eating a messy sandwich or other food that can fall apart and distract them. The photo here was from a call I responded to and found a patient in traumatic cardiac arrest. As we worked this patient, bystanders reported that he had crashed, exited the vehicle, took a few steps and them collapsed to the ground. He had a crushed chest and ultimately succumbed to a flail chest and hemopneumothorax. We were aware that the driver probably was not buckled into his seat because the steering wheel was bent significantly from his body impact. [Native Advertisement] The police officer investigating the incident radioed me when I cleared the hospital and asked me to return to the scene. They then pointed out a “spray” of lettuce, meat, bun and onion on the steering wheel and dashboards, as well as an open Big Mac container on the floor (see photo). Their theory (and mine) was that he was eating a messy Big Mac when the crash occurred. We have no way of knowing if he was truly distracted, but it was an interesting observation and possible cause. By the way, he was not wearing his seatbelt and his daughter—who was buckled into her car seat in the back of the vehicle—did survive. A second, more profound, teaching moment. By A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Editor-in-Chief, JEMS Editor-in-chief of JEMS , A.J. Heightman is a former EMS director and EMS operations director who has researched and specialized in MCI management training for 30 years. Sponsored Content is made possible by our sponsor; it does not necessarily reflect the views of our editorial staff. Subscribe today to  JEMS In EMS, you never know what you'll be faced with as each new shift begins. The Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) is real-world EMS. It's informative, practical and an outstanding educational resource for EMS professionals. 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    Wed, 27 Jan 2016

  2. Young Man Saved by ECMO after Being Found Frozen - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    New AHA Guidelines open door for increased use of ECMO & mechanical CPR by EMS agencies.

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    Thu, 21 Jan 2016

  3. EMS Should be Delivered Like All Other Special Events - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    The delivery of EMS is very similar to planning and carrying out a special event, and the guest of honor is our patient.

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    Mon, 18 Jan 2016

  4. 10 Things Every EMS System Should Be Doing - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Allina Health EMS is a great example of how one agency turned things right-side up again by focusing on direct caregivers and those who support direct caregivers. 

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    Fri, 15 Jan 2016

  1. EMS Agencies Need to Have EAP Resources to Address Stress and Reduce Suicides - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

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    Mon, 21 Dec 2015

  2. EMS Responds to Bus Flipped Onto Roof - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Emergency personnel work at the scene of an accident involving a Lehigh University bus and a car in Bethlehem, Pa.

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    Mon, 21 Dec 2015

  3. 36 Injured in Richmond Bus Crash - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Charter bus carrying college students overturned.

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    Mon, 30 Nov 2015

  4. Dynamic Learning Exercises: Patient Triage - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Patient triage exercises for EMS instructors and students.

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    Tue, 24 Nov 2015

  5. Life's Gifts Bring EMS Mission into Focus - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Our jobs in EMS require us to be highly educated and motivated to respond to all patients regardless of their age, physical condition or mental status.

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    Mon, 23 Nov 2015

  6. Winter Storm Causes California Pileup - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Rain and snow lead to a 20-vehicle accident on Highway 99 south of Bakersfield.

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    Wed, 4 Nov 2015

  7. Smartphone App Interconnects Public Safety Personnel at Large-Scale Events - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Use of the BeOn app at the 2014 Boston Marathon and IRONMAN triathlon championship in Texas facilitates interoperability and providing quicker and more efficient patient care.

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    Mon, 2 Nov 2015

  8. One Killed, Several Hurt in Pennsylvania Bus Crash - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Lehigh University bus overturns in crash killing one person and injuring others.

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    Wed, 28 Oct 2015

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