June 2009 Blog Posts (13)

Why is CDC Putting Out New Field Triage Guidelines?

...So why is CDC putting out new field triage guidelines? As someone who has worked in the emergency care field for over twenty years, I know first-hand that the decisions made at the scene of an injury are vital to saving lives. That’s why as CDC’s Director of Injury Response, I feel so strongly about making sure you have access to information and tools to help you continue to do that great work.



It has been a long process, but worth the effort. To start, CDC partnered with the… Continue

Added by Rick Hunt, MD, FACEP on June 30, 2009 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

~EMS LIFE~ "Why are we treated as less than equal to everyone else?" (blog-1)

EMS LIFE-"Why are we treated as less than equal to everyone else?" (blog-1)





I have been sitting here thinking for a while......Ok!! for those of you that know me, I know what you are thinking!! HA! HA!! LOL!! Why is it, that everyone in EMS gets treated as less than equal? It does not matter if you are an EMT-Basic,EMT-Intermediate, or EMT-Paramedic. I see this happen all the time!! Most people just see us as Ambulance Drivers!! I often wonder, why that is? A few weeks ago I… Continue

Added by Chasity Deloach on June 30, 2009 at 11:24am — 11 Comments

Getting un-hitched

Boy, that guy sure was a mistake. Glad I had the guts to call it quits before we tied the knot. So to all my friends out there thanks for your warms wishes, but this one is a water under the bridge deal. Please don't try to rescue him. Ha ha.

Just too many things that didn't fit and just not much of a father figure for the kids. We're still moving but we'll be moving down to St. George, Utah instead. Be nice to be close to Vegas. ha ha.......Maybe I'll win my millions........

Anyway,… Continue

Added by Michelle on June 25, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Using Games to Teach any topic!

Studies have shown that games are an entertaining and highly effective method to review topics. Would the use of games as a pure instructional medium to teach learning objectives also be effective? The correct answer is “Yes, Absolutely!”



Instructors know their classroom lectures should be engaging, interactive and encompass proven instructional strategies. They also know the importance of assessment and feedback to check for understanding. All these elements can be accomplished… Continue

Added by John Dillon on June 23, 2009 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

BLS better than ALS?

I've been told recently that Paramedics have a very slim save percentage in cardiac arrest, very similar to BLS efforts. These persons then make the blind jump to a conclusion that ALS is no better than BLS.

I asked him to expand this conclusion to non cardiac arrest scenarios and was told that those are easy treat and transport calls.

But who treats?



Maybe it's true Paramedics don't have a good save rate in cardiac arrest. How is the hospital's record? We don't do well… Continue

Added by the Happy Medic on June 21, 2009 at 12:05am — 7 Comments

I would like to know what your cities,towns and villages do to deter abuse of the 911 system?

The city that I run in has no ordinance about the abuse of the 911 system and of course we run on several repeat offenders! Doing this has many times affected helping others that honestly need EMS care, and so they have to wait longer for help because of the abuse! We want something done, but, the city drags their feet and keeps putting the problem aside instead of handling it! We are fed up as well as the ER staff that we trandport to!

Added by Chad Smith on June 19, 2009 at 1:54pm — 2 Comments

JEMS in the Digital Age

Last month, we debuted the brand-spanking new digital edition of JEMS. (And I’ll get the marketing pitch over with up front: You can subscribe now at a special promotional rate of about 10 bucks.)



Here's a pic of the "Pages" feature, which is like a Table of Contents.



And here's a feature article. (You can zoom, search, share and print.)…

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Added by Lisa Bell on June 18, 2009 at 1:46pm — 4 Comments

IT IS EASY TO CRITICIZE, HARD TO UNDERSTAND AND SOMETIMES SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FORGIVE

This blog was posted to address the incident in Oklahoma between the State Trooper and the EMT.

Do understand that this Trooper just returned from a tour in a war zone and is obviously dealing with a mind set that is required to be a State Trooper but is completely unacceptable in all other areas of public and private life.



Everyone should know,... who is over the age of 25,... that war veterans are not quite that easy to be around if provoked. We have a tendency to be very… Continue

Added by Frederick Georges on June 16, 2009 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

H1N1 Confusion

Just when we thought the H1N1 (a.k.a. "Swine") flu was winding down, the World Health Organization felt compelled June 11th to raise their alert to a full blown Stage 6 Pandemic. With the caveat that this represents the widespread nature of the H1N1 flu, not the seriousness of the illness the outbreak is producing, all of us have to wonder, "just what is really going on here?"



Mixed messages abound. Our own CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recently issued 4 guidance documents on… Continue

Added by Mike McEvoy on June 12, 2009 at 9:15pm — 4 Comments

Tackling Stress Coming From All Directions

Tackling Stress Coming From All Directions



Do you have multiple stress issues going on? Many of us are facing money problems, marriage problems, work problems, and much more—all at the same time.



I recently began working with Jay Reiss, M.S.W., a counselor who “coaches” individuals in how to get their control back. Folks, I get suicide calls, calls in the middle of the night from firefighters and paramedics ready to walk off the job. And, I get horror stories from doctors… Continue

Added by Judi Light Hopson on June 9, 2009 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

Welcome to Para-medicine......Here's your card!

As experienced advanced providers, we sometimes fail to take into consideration that we are just that, more experienced. Especially when it comes to dealing with some of our "fresh" counterparts who may frustrate us from time to time. Is it because as we gain years under our belts we lose patience with knowlege? Is it a personal issue with the "newbie's" ? Maybe its as simple as just not wanting to take the time to be the "senior" and show them the ropes so to speak. I'm sure i'm not the only… Continue

Added by Benjamin Bonnell on June 8, 2009 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

On May 20, 2009, I took a group of my peers- Harford CC student nurses, to Maryland State Police Aviation Command at Martin's AFB for a tour of our state police medevacs. A friend of mine Walter Kerr…



On May 20, 2009, I took a group of my peers- Harford CC student nurses, to Maryland State Police Aviation Command at Martin's AFB for a tour of our state police medevacs. A friend of mine Walter Kerr, now a lieutenant, graciously conducted the tour, showing my friends the helicopters, fixed wing division, MSP's

Incident Command Vehicle, and various highlights of the aviation base.



Walter explained the medevac's mission and it's… Continue

Added by tracie talany on June 3, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Comments made by the 24th. District Attorney Mr. Cook....

I am disgusted at the statement made by District 24 District Attorney Max Cook and I quote from a reliable source, “I had a brief conversation with District 24 District Attorney Max Cook on Tuesday. He explained that the initial and primary focus of the ongoing investigation is to determine if any charges will be brought against the EMS crew. While it is not the current priority, Cook would not rule out the possibility his office could look to see if there is any merit to claims the troopers… Continue

Added by CJ on June 3, 2009 at 1:52am — 1 Comment

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