Featured Blog Posts – July 2009 Archive (6)

911 operators and dispatchers

I would and Have told them "please tell me Everything". While the caller saying "there is a pile of green rocks at the end of the driveway" may not mean anything to dispatch it means a great deal to us. Being a rural community where addresses are few and far between we have taken to "marking" the territory to identify places, especially places where we have people with medical problems. We have a number of driveways marked with colored rocks, houses painted special colors, etc for quick… Continue

Added by Donal W. Kirchberg on July 31, 2009 at 7:44pm — 1 Comment

With All Due Respect

Greetings from Steve Cohen. This is my maiden voyage into the world of blog. If I stray from the path of correctness or overstep my bounds, please let me know. I will thank you and I will recalibrate.

Very briefly, I own, with my brother and nephew, a mail order/internet driven manufacturing direct dress uniform business, the Lighthouse Uniform Company. We are based in Seattle, WA.

Our relationship to the EMS Community began a number of years ago with Jim Allen, John… Continue

Added by Steve Cohen on July 31, 2009 at 2:21pm — 5 Comments

Dangers of Budget Cuts to Citizens and Responders

Are you lying awake nights wondering how your department is going to stretch the budget? When I wrote for Emergency magazine (published in Redondo Beach, California) several years ago, I would have new EMTs chase after me once I was out of earshot of the higher-ups. They'd say in whispered tones near my car in the parking lot, "Mrs. Hopson, can you write something about the wheels falling off our ambulances? Money is so tight, they're not getting serviced. We're afraid to run one more call with… Continue

Added by Judi Light Hopson on July 21, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Got an Opinion about CDC’s Field Triage Guidelines?

As with all guidelines, the Field Triage Guidelines need to be updated. Just like CDC revises immunization guidelines, we anticipate we'll be updating these guidelines in a few years. Or even sooner if there's compelling evidence we need to change them in the best interest of our patients.

So, I would like to also hear your reactions—positive, neutral, or negative—to the actual criteria. How does it, or will it, impact what you do… Continue

Added by Rick Hunt, MD, FACEP on July 13, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Is Fear a Gift?

A documentary about facial trauma is on, and I'm entranced. Mouth open and brow pinched, I follow the reenactment of a young woman's hair being tangled in machinery. Her childhood braid pulls her face and scalp clean off, and surgeons reattach it, with little scarring evident years later. Then there's a man who receives a transplant of someone else's face, and I sadly predict the donor's daughter won't recognize her father on a new set of bones. But what if she does?

I could watch… Continue

Added by Lisa Bell on July 12, 2009 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

The Truth about using Games as a Teaching Tool

Believe it or not, many instructors/managers do not see games as a serious teaching tool. It may be hard to admit, but, in some ways, they’re right! In most cases, their beliefs have been influenced by a variety of factors, the most common of which is their personal experience seeing how games are used in a classroom. To make matters worse, many instructors who use games are unknowingly reinforcing the negatives that so many have about using games.

In this article, I will show you… Continue

Added by John Dillon on July 6, 2009 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

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