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JEMS Volume 38 Issue 8

Why Pediatric Dosing Errors Happen & How to Avoid Them

A 6-year-old male patient is brought to the school nurse after developing increased work of breathing while in the cafeteria. On arrival at the office, the patient is crying, and red blotchy hives are noted on his face and neck. The nurse learns he has a peanut allergy and may have ingested a cookie with peanuts. She notes that the patient’s voice is becoming slightly hoarse and the hives are becoming more pronounced. Realizing the patient’s condition is worsening and having no diphenhydramine or epinephrine on hand, the nurse activates 9-1-1.

Design the Ambulance of the Future

Futuristic movies and television shows always depict whimsical possibilities with travel, whether it’s the DeLorean from Back to the Future or the flying cars in The Jetsons. When imagining the ambulance of the future, however, EMS administrators can’t envision features that are too far out of the grasp of the present.

Handtevy Method Helps Providers Rapidly Calculate Pediatric Drug Dosages

If you've ever internally freaked out during a pediatric cardiac arrest, read this article.

Pro Bono: Reporting Drugs & Illegal Activity to Law Enforcement

You’re called to the scene of a medical emergency at a patient’s residence. As you enter the home, you find a patient with an altered level of consciousness on the couch in the living room.  On the table next to the couch you find what appears to be illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. What are your obligations under the law? Must you report the suspected illegal drug activity to the police? Can you report it?

Repurposed Ambulance Promotes Literacy as Pirate Ship

Ambulance Recycling It's a little-known fact that the specially designed slide-out trays on Rural/Metro Corp. ambulances are perfect for displaying and distributing books. But for one repurposed ambulance, that's the idea.

Extrication of Rollover Crash Patient Requires Use of Hydraulic Tools

Vacaville (Calif.) Fire Department EMT/firefighters and paramedic/firefighters rescue a 51-year-old female who was the only person inside a vehicle that rolled over several times on an interstate. The patient was conscious  but only oriented to her name, and complained of head, neck and arm pain. Providers performed a physical exam and determined she had a deformity to her left arm and a possible depressed skull fracture on the right side of her forehead. To extricate her from the vehicle, the door and roof had to be removed using hydraulic rescue tools.