Featured Blog Posts – June 2009 Archive (8)

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

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

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.)…


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

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