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Apple’s new iOS will share location of 911 calls

The upcoming operating system will automatically relay a caller’s location to dispatchers in an effort to “reduce emergency response times”

FDNY EMT arrested for threatening colleague with ‘rusty spoon’

“I will stab you with a rusty spoon if you sleep in my bed,” Richard Cuccurullo allegedly said in a Facebook post

San Diego paying $442K to helicopter medics to settle overtime lawsuits

The city is paying seven helicopter rescue medics a total of $442,000 because they didn’t receive overtime pay despite regularly working 56-hour weeks

Mom searching for mystery EMT who saved her toddler

Henley Wilder said an off-duty EMT jumped into action to save her 2-year-old daughter after witnessing a car crash

New app teaches civilians how to ‘Stop the Bleed’

The “Stop the Bleed” app, which is free of charge, was designed to teach the public how to save lives in an emergency

Texas emergency official encourages use of drones to save lives

Johnson County Emergency Management Director Jamie Moore said the new technology has greatly enhanced emergency response efforts

NYC intersection co-named after slain FDNY EMT

The city honored Yadira Arroyo by placing her name and a dedication plaque on the corner of East 169th Street and Boston Road

2 EMS providers hurt in NY ambulance crash

The North Salem Ambulance Corp. ambulance was pulling into an intersection when it collided with another vehicle

The keys to safety on the job after a back injury

It can be hard to come back to work after an injury, but taking the time to position your body correctly can prevent injury reoccurrence

Texas hospital unveils senior-oriented ER

"Of course, everybody of all ages get hurt, but the ones who get sick often tend to be the elderly," nurse Wesley Milum said
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EMS1 Topic Articles

Apple’s new iOS will share location of 911 calls

The upcoming operating system will automatically relay a caller’s location to dispatchers in an effort to “reduce emergency response times”

FDNY EMT arrested for threatening colleague with ‘rusty spoon’

“I will stab you with a rusty spoon if you sleep in my bed,” Richard Cuccurullo allegedly said in a Facebook post

San Diego paying $442K to helicopter medics to settle overtime lawsuits

The city is paying seven helicopter rescue medics a total of $442,000 because they didn’t receive overtime pay despite regularly working 56-hour weeks

Mom searching for mystery EMT who saved her toddler

Henley Wilder said an off-duty EMT jumped into action to save her 2-year-old daughter after witnessing a car crash

New app teaches civilians how to ‘Stop the Bleed’

The “Stop the Bleed” app, which is free of charge, was designed to teach the public how to save lives in an emergency

Texas emergency official encourages use of drones to save lives

Johnson County Emergency Management Director Jamie Moore said the new technology has greatly enhanced emergency response efforts

NYC intersection co-named after slain FDNY EMT

The city honored Yadira Arroyo by placing her name and a dedication plaque on the corner of East 169th Street and Boston Road

2 EMS providers hurt in NY ambulance crash

The North Salem Ambulance Corp. ambulance was pulling into an intersection when it collided with another vehicle

The keys to safety on the job after a back injury

It can be hard to come back to work after an injury, but taking the time to position your body correctly can prevent injury reoccurrence

Texas hospital unveils senior-oriented ER

"Of course, everybody of all ages get hurt, but the ones who get sick often tend to be the elderly," nurse Wesley Milum said
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EMS1 Columnist Articles

The keys to safety on the job after a back injury

While the saying, “If it’s predictable, it’s preventable,” may be popular, musculoskeletal injuries are a fact of life for EMS providers, especially back injuries. Recovery can be a slow process – even strains or soft-tissue injuries can take 3 to 6 weeks to resolve. Prevention is key, but, in the event you do sustain a back injury, what is the best way to ease your way ...

How to package and present ePCR data to decision makers and officials

All-too-often, we look at EMS data from the lens of the number of IV sticks we’ve performed and how many times we’ve administered aspirin. That data is great … but only for the quality assurance and operations staff within your agency. What about involving elected officials – your stakeholders – those who have an influence over your budget" Data in EMS has transformed ...

Should EMS providers be able to diagnose patients?

Download this podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or via RSS feed In this Inside EMS Podcast episode, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss the misconception that those in EMS do not diagnose their patients. In a Facebook thread, Kelly mentioned a class he was giving and that EMS providers do need the skill of diagnosing patients. Learn more about the EMS1 Academy and schedule a free demo.  ...

Universal precautions are not just to protect us

One morning, a Joint Commission site surveyor was on a Med-Surg floor, when a BLS ambulance crew came in to transfer one of the patients to another hospital. The crew came out of the patient’s room with their gloves on and grabbed the hospital’s automatic blood pressure cuff, which was on a rolling cart in the hallway. They used it to take the patient’s blood pressure, and returned ...

4 steps to improving EMS retention with onboarding

By Joey Araiza, RN, BSN New employee onboarding needs have increased in recent years, as the amount of money and time spent on turnover quickly adds up. Developing an effective strategy requires taking a deeper dive into why increased turnover is occurring, as well as determining what can be done to improve the long-term retention rate of at least two years on the job. Onboarding a new employee can ...

EMS From a Distance: ALS? BLS? Let skills fall where they may

“BLS before ALS!” I doubt there’s anyone with more than a few months in EMS who hasn’t heard that cliché. It used to make sense to me. As an EMT, I liked the way it prioritized my low-tech contributions over the meds and monitors of my paramedic partners; and as a new medic, it reminded me not to overlook basic care, no matter how cool my tools were. So why does “BLS ...

5 tips for dispatchers during an act of mass violence

By Dave Mulholland, Administrator, Arlington County Emergency Communications Center and member of the IPSA’s 911 Telecommunications Committee Each day, 911 telecommunicators handle stressful calls involving law enforcement, fire and medical incidents. Telecommunicators are trained to calm highly distressed callers and gather the appropriate information within structured protocols and processes ...

Apply best-available data to active shooter incident planning, training

A Broward County Sheriff's Office captain refused to allow Coral Springs Fire-Rescue paramedics, deploying as a Rescue Task Force, entry into Marjory Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.) High School. Deputy Chief Michael McNally wrote in a recently released incident report, "The [BSO] incident commander advised me, 'She would have to check.’ "After several minutes, I requested once ...

Preparing fire-based EMS for the 'silver tsunami'

Fire-based EMS systems are experiencing ever-increasing workloads – and this is only the beginning. Drawing from generational demographics, Medicare data and decades of experience managing large EMS systems, Bruce J. Moeller, Ph.D., adjunct professor, University of Florida, will address strategies to manage the silver tsunami in fire-based EMS in a session at Fire-Rescue Med, June 11-13, 2018 ...

Q&A: How is the opioid epidemic impacting first responders?

By Kerri Hatt, EMS1 Senior Editor More Americans now die from opioid overdose than from breast cancer. The epidemic costs more than $500 billion a year and is notably negatively impacting U.S. life expectancy. As opioid overdose death rates rise across the nation, communities are implementing new strategies and collaborations. Widespread dissemination of naloxone – from local pharmacies, to families ...
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EMS1 Tips

7 ways to best use, or avoid, capnography in the field

EMS1 readers shared their suggestions on how to get the most out of the method

Active-shooter response: Are you physically ready?

Normally, I am strong believer that paramedics are at their best when they saunter into a scene, slowly walking and looking for clues and risks. But an active-shooter incident is going to require repetitive bursts of significant physical activity.

3 energy-saving tips for your EMS station

Earth Day, or any day, is a good time to see what you can do at your agency and home to save both resources and money.

How this video can "Keep Yourself Safe"

Consider using this PPE safety video in your EMT course or refresher class

CPR class instruction tips: 5 ways to make it great

My most recent health care provider recertification was memorable for all of the things the instructors did well.

Patient assessments: How to avoid free-for-alls

Substantial cajoling and adult guidance from mom in a Santa hat was required to initiate an orderly process of taking turns, appreciating a gift after it was opened, and taking occasional pauses for a meal or to welcome additional relatives.

Patient assessment is a non-linear process

On a skill sheet, patient assessment is presented as a linear process: First size up the scene, then complete the primary assessment followed by the secondary assessment.

Blood pressure reading tips and tricks for EMS

One of the things I'm most often asked by students and rookie EMTs is, "Kelly, how am I supposed to hear a blood pressure in the back of the rig?"

How to use Slideshare for EMS education and training

Slideshare is an online community and tool for sharing presentations.

How to get optimal battery life from your devices

The batteries in your wireless cell phone, tablet or laptop are probably not the same old Duracells you used in your childhood walky-talkies.
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