Cardiac & Resuscitation

Emergency service statistics list 'heart attacks' as the number one killer of firefighters every year. Since every firefighter performs some level of emergency medical care and many are certified EMS providers, the data is suggestive that heart disease is also the leading killer of EMS providers.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

Emergency service statistics list 'heart attacks' as the number one killer of firefighters every year. Since every firefighter performs some level of emergency medical care and many are certified EMS providers, the data is suggestive that heart disease is also the leading killer of EMS providers.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

Veteran EMS educator Frank Poliafico, RN, is a "back to basics" kind of guy. He's a practical man who believes people should learn what they need to know to do their jobs. He's also a bit of a showman with a repertoire of 88 different card tricks. Add 38 years in nursing and EMS, and it seems fair to guess that Poliafico might have some unorthodox teaching methods. Well, he outdid himself at the annual Michigan State EMS Expo back in April.
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?
Airway & Respiratory

Overly aggressive ventilation rates by EMS personnel may be harming patients with compromised circulation, Dallas EMS Medical Director Paul Pepe, MD, said during a session titled "Ventilation of the Critically Ill and Injured" at the EMS Today Conference & Exposition in Salt Lake City March 6. ˙Both basic and advanced ventilatory techniques can be detrimental or even fatal when traditional techniques are followed too zealously,Ó he said.
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.