Airway & Respiratory

At 2030 HRS, an ambulance and crew were stationed at a suburban fire station. A state trooper arrived at the fire station with a 72-year-old male in the squad car. The officer had stopped the elderly gentleman earlier on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. In fact, the driver was observed to have been swerving and had sideswiped another vehicle. Prior to arrival at the fire station, the officer had taken the individual to a police substation and where he tested negative for alcohol.
Airway & Respiratory

At 2030 HRS, an ambulance and crew were stationed at a suburban fire station. A state trooper arrived at the fire station with a 72-year-old male in the squad car. The officer had stopped the elderly gentleman earlier on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. In fact, the driver was observed to have been swerving and had sideswiped another vehicle. Prior to arrival at the fire station, the officer had taken the individual to a police substation and where he tested negative for alcohol.
Administration and Leadership

Editor's Note: This is part two of a two-part series on developing strong leadership in fire and EMS departments.Our examination of the keys to developing strong leadership in fire departments takes us to the work of Kouzes and Posner. In their work, the two described five leadership practices successful leaders have in common.„
Administration and Leadership

Many years ago I was asked to speak on something "funny" at an EMS conference in Biloxi, Miss. Now, I am not like Steve Berry. I don't go to sleep and wake up thinking funny things. In fact, most humans are not like Steve Berry but that is another story. So, I developed a talk entitled, "An EMS Provider's Guide to Southern Medical Terminology."
Administration and Leadership

Many years ago I was asked to speak on something "funny" at an EMS conference in Biloxi, Miss. Now, I am not like Steve Berry. I don't go to sleep and wake up thinking funny things. In fact, most humans are not like Steve Berry but that is another story. So, I developed a talk entitled, "An EMS Provider's Guide to Southern Medical Terminology."
Administration and Leadership

The question of when it's medically and legally safe to leave a patient at a scene after EMS assessment is a thought-provoking one. According to the 2005 JEMS 200-City Survey (February 2006 JEMS), 71.3% of U.S. EMS systems allow providers to treat patients without transporting them, and 35.7% have a policy that allows EMS to refuse transport. When can we evaluate a patient but not transport them? When is patient refusal not a refusal at all? Is it ever appropriate to encourage a patient to go to the ED by private vehicle?
Cardiac & Resuscitation

For those students just starting out in EMT education or students who have passed their EMT training and are now advancing to the paramedic level, I thought I would give you some suggestions on how to be successful (or more successful) in school. Regardless of your background if you ve just graduated from high school or college, or if you ve been out of school for a number of years you owe it to yourself to get the most out of your time commitment to becoming a member of the EMS workforce.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

For those students just starting out in EMT education or students who have passed their EMT training and are now advancing to the paramedic level, I thought I would give you some suggestions on how to be successful (or more successful) in school. Regardless of your background if you ve just graduated from high school or college, or if you ve been out of school for a number of years you owe it to yourself to get the most out of your time commitment to becoming a member of the EMS workforce.
Administration and Leadership

Every month we read about EMTs and paramedics who are injured or killed while working on the job. Sometimes, EMS personnel are injured or killed when the vehicle in which they re riding to a call becomes involved in a crash. An EMS worker could be killed while on scene at a domestic violence call. In some cases, the EMS provider who did something stupid or recklessness with knowledge that what they were doing could hurt them, their partner or someone else is clearly at fault.
Administration and Leadership

Every month we read about EMTs and paramedics who are injured or killed while working on the job. Sometimes, EMS personnel are injured or killed when the vehicle in which they re riding to a call becomes involved in a crash. An EMS worker could be killed while on scene at a domestic violence call. In some cases, the EMS provider who did something stupid or recklessness with knowledge that what they were doing could hurt them, their partner or someone else is clearly at fault.