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As the use of tourniquets increases in the battle zone, rest assured they'll be back in use in civilian medicine in due time. Designed for one-hand application, theCombat Application Tourniquet (C.A.T.)fromNorth American Rescue Productsuses a well-designed windlass system with a free-moving internal band to produce circumferential pressure around the extremity. Once the tourniquet is tightened and bleeding has stopped, the windlass is securely locked in place with a Velcro strap.
Treating hypothermia remains a real concern ofàœEMS, especially in snow country. Warming IV fluids in the field has led to many innovations, from placing the IV fluid on the dash with the defogger on high to 12-volt powered heaters and small insulating blankets for the IV bag and tubing. The newàœFlexWarmer fromàœMerlyn Medical uses a reusable chemical hot pack and a heat-transfer case that warms a loop of IV tubing as the fluid flows to the patient.
We spend a great deal of time developing and implementing recruitment programs but often don't have a good plan for what to do with new members when they join. This lack of planning causes a churning of new members, a lack of interest and wasted effort by recruiters when the new members decide to leave. Although volunteering in"žEMS may not be for everyone, a good volunteer program can help ensure that new recruits learn about the best parts of your organization and make helping others a big part of their lives.
Case PresentationYou respond to the home of a 62-year-old female presenting with shortness of breath, which increases on exertion. The patient's daughter informs you that her mother has a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic bronchitis. She also reports a long history of orthopnea, which requires her to sleep propped up on four pillows."ž
"If you don't carry it on your person everyday, it won't be there when you really need it." This is one of the tenets of street survival training -- and why EMTs and paramedics always carry gloves. So what do you do when you respond to the noontime call at a residence and have to assess a patient in an unlit attic? Where's your flashlight? Is it on you or back in your rig? Designed to be easily carried, theàœNovatac EDC 120E is a compact light that will fit in your pocket. This versatile light is programmed to switch on at just 35 lumens.
COURSE OBJECTIVES >Identify children who may be at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). >Review and differentiate between an apparent life-threatening event (ALTE) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. >Describe the role of EMS in treating children with an ALTE or a SIDS event and how to handle the parents of these children.
ARENAC COUNTY, Mich. -- An Arenac County, Mich., jury convicted a former paramedic on Thursday of molesting a 15-year-old patient during her transport to a Standish hospital.The jury found David Spresny, 42, guilty of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony involving penetration. Jurors dismissed three other charges against Spresny, two involving digital penetration and a third, fondling.
Radio silence is a rare occurrence in the New York City EMS System. With an average volume of more than 3,100 calls a day, EMTs and paramedics are exposed to the gamut of call types, both ordinary and unusual.EMS personnel in the NYC 9-1-1 system, like many other systems, are highly knowledgeable and skilled to deal with such a diversity of assignments. But being at the center of the post-9/11 world, FDNY EMS crews are always prepared for what will come next.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If you're a woman thinking about a career as a police officer, firefighter or medic, Yumika Smith would like to meet you Saturday.Smith, a 27-year-old police officer, will be at the door greeting attendees at "Women in Emergency Services Career Fair," a joint job fair for Charlotte's police, fire and medic departments."You're a counselor, a doctor, a minister," Smith said of her work. "If you love being a public servant, you will love this job."
Medical directors must often trust supervisors who exemplify the Peter PrincipleÆ’those who advance to their highest level of competency and are then promoted to and remain at a level at which they're incompetent. Meanwhile, true leaders within their systems are being held back.