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JEMS Volume 35 Issue 12

EMS Expert Summarizes 2010 AHA Guidelines

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2010 AHA Guidelines What they mean for EMS providers The 2010 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for CPR and ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care) may jumpstart survival rates from sudden, unexpected, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The dismal national average of 7–8.5% may jump to 20% or more.1–2 The established airway, breathing and circulation (ABC) mantra that has been taught for 50 years has now been replaced with a new protocol for trained rescuers: compressions, airway and breathing (CAB).

Charged Up

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Charged Up This month, an October article by Wayne Zygowicz, BA, EMT-P, which discusses the key role batteries play in EMS, generates some positive feedback. Though it may seem like common knowledge, providers don’t always consider the value of keeping spare batteries fully charged in the most critical moments.

JEMS Founder James O. Page Honored

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A Worthy Honoree The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) has dedicated next month’s keynote to an EMS pioneer. The James O. Page Memorial Lecture and Keynote Address will begin the NAMESP’s Scientific Assembly and Trade Show, Jan. 13–15, in Florida. Page, widely referred to as the father of EMS, founded JEMS in 1979 and served as its publisher until 2001. He died suddenly in 2004.

EMS Responds to Car Crush

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A flight nurse with Memorial Hermann Life Flight in Katy, Texas, uses a finger key light to do a rapid pupil assessment on a male patient who was working on his vehicle when the car shifted and partially crushed him. The patient was extricated by his son before the first responding crew from Community Volunteer Fire Department arrived. The crew, which included a student on her first day, put him in C-spine precautions and performed a trauma assessment. His injuries included third-degree burns on his right leg and left arm, as well as crush injuries and a laceration to his ankle.