Patient Care

Cardiac & Resuscitation

Double Sequential External Defibrillation for Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation: It’s All About the Timing

August 13, 2019

A look at some of the controversies surrounding the practice of DSED and previous research into the effectiveness of DSED for refractory VF.

The Art and Science of Improving Resuscitation

July 30, 2019

For over 40 years as a physician, researcher, author and EMS medical director, Mickey Eisenberg has led the charge for increasing sudden cardiac arrest survival rates and is one reason for the success that Seattle and King County, Washington, have...

ECG Consult: 55yo Firefighter with Acute Chest Pain

July 23, 2019

In this month's ECG consult video, we encounter a 55-year-old firefighter complaining of acute chest pain after unloading a fire hose.

AED On The Fly

July 2, 2019

Drone service partners with paramedics in Canada.

ECG Consult: 63yo Male Experiencing Chest Pain

June 25, 2019

In this month's ECG Consult, we encounter a 63-year-old male with a history of hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and rheumatoid arthritis who presents with chest pain.

Podcast: Cardiac Arrest Protocol for Excellence in Lawrence, Kansas

June 21, 2019

In the June 2019 edition of the "Firemedically Speaking" podcast, JEMS Executive Editor Mike McEvoy talks with Division Chief Kevin Joles and Medical Director Caleb Trent about the CAPE program, its design, implementation and results.

ECG Consult: 63yo Female, Onset of Weakness while Cleaning

May 29, 2019

A 63-year-old female complains of a gradual onset of weakness while cleaning as well as, fatigue, nausea and epigastric discomfort. We'll review and interpret the patient's 12-lead ECG in this ECG 5-minute video consult.

Technimount System to Partner with a Canadian Heart and Lung Institute to Develop the First ECMO Support System adapted to North American Stretchers

April 11, 2019

Technimount System has collaborated with the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute to develop the Xtension Pro – ECMOTM: the first North American support system adapted to the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation device (ECMO) when transporting patients ...

Detroit EMTs Fired after Device Indicates Inadequate CPR

April 4, 2019

Two EMTs are out of their jobs after a controversial life-saving device indicated the pair didn't adequately deliver CPR during an emergency run in January that ended with a death.

Prehospital Fluid Management in Hemorrhagic Shock

March 19, 2019

A survey of EMS medical directors of large EMS systems reveals whether the practice of permissive hypotension or the administration of prehospital blood products has been widely adopted for managing patients in hemorrhagic shock.

Drones Expected to Deliver Defibrillators in 2020

March 14, 2019

Reno partners with drone company to deliver AEDs to Washoe County residents.

A Push for Push Dose Epinephrine

March 14, 2019

Learn how Alameda County (Calif.) EMS developed a protocol and training for the use of push dose epinephrine for hypotension and shock in the prehospital setting.

Video Shows Ohio Pizza Employees Save Co-Worker’s Life

March 12, 2019

Three employees of an Ohio Little Caesars are being hailed as heroes, credited with helping save a co-worker's life.

Hospital Inpatient Resuscitation Systems of Care

February 27, 2019

Hospitals that have adopted a system of care approach to resuscitation have demonstrated dramatic reductions in arrest incidence as well as improvements in survival-to-discharge for arrest victims.

Hypercoagulation After Cardiac Arrest

February 27, 2019

When out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur, the lack of pulsatile blood flow facilitates rapid clot formation. Although this coagulopathy is poorly understood, strong consideration should be given to administration of drug therapies that reduce th...

Alameda County EMS Improves Cardiac Arrest Survival

February 27, 2019

Alameda County (Calif.) EMS has made several sequential changes over the last decade to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest care. The bundle of care approach, instituted in conjunction with several different agencies, has resulted in significan...

Whatcom County Faces Challenges Despite Improvements Resulting from a Bundle of Care Approach to OHCA

February 27, 2019

Although Whatcom County, Washington, is seeing improvements in cardiac arrest survival rates after implementing a bundle of care approach, the county still faces many challenges, including a population that’s growing at a rate of 10% a year.

Palm Beach County Sees Results After Instituting a Bundle of Care Approach to Resuscitation

February 27, 2019

In 2015, the new EMS medical directors for Palm Beach County, Florida, instituted a bundle of care approach in an effort to improve disappointing resuscitation rates. Within three months, these rates improved dramatically, and in the ensuing years...

Rialto Fire Department Changes the Paradigm of Cardiac Arrest

February 27, 2019

The Rialto Fire Department bundle of care, known as the “Rialto resuscitation toolbox” was implemented on the vision that survival from cardiac arrest should be the rule, not the exception.

Three Pillars for Pediatric Resuscitation Success

February 27, 2019

A deliberate pre-arrival discussion is crucial for mental readiness when treating pediatric cardiac arrest and ultimately impacts their ability to initiate high-performance CPR in the presence of family and onlookers.

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