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Driver leaves school bus to perform CPR on man

A woman flagged down Codi Parks, also a nursing student, because her husband wasn't breathing

FCC head: Storms teach lessons on emergency communications

The recent storms spurred the Senate to act on legislation that will require cellphones to work on other carriers' networks during emergencies

7 injured after car plows into Honolulu restaurant

All victims were transported to a local trauma center with what were described as "multiple serious injuries"

Missing Alaska man found in trees after car crash

Janis Bishop reported her husband missing late Sunday morning after he ate breakfast with a friend

Trooper's quick actions save life of man in fast-food drive-through

Trooper M.D. Brooks was on a traffic stop when a man in a Wendy's drive-through lost his pulse

Woman gets bitten by copperhead at Longhorn Steakhouse restaurant

“I had my fingers under my foot and that’s when I felt something moving,” Rachel Myrick said.

Man held in fatal bludgeoning of family, admitted to heroin use

After showing up naked and covered in mud on a neighbor’s doorstep and telling him he had just killed four people, Orion Krause told officers, “I freed them”

Ohio teens, responders act in mock DUI car crash

"It's hard to see something like that. I think it hit everybody," father Pat Spettel said about seeing his daughter pretend to be a DUI victim

Mass. rescue team gears up to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Twenty-seven members of the Task Force 1 FEMA Urban Response Team have been called to go to Puerto Rico and help rescue and recovery efforts

NREMT honors fire chief for 20 years of EMT certification

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians recognized Chief Jerry Hickman for keeping up with his certification for the past two decades
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EMS1 Topic Articles

Driver leaves school bus to perform CPR on man

A woman flagged down Codi Parks, also a nursing student, because her husband wasn't breathing

FCC head: Storms teach lessons on emergency communications

The recent storms spurred the Senate to act on legislation that will require cellphones to work on other carriers' networks during emergencies

7 injured after car plows into Honolulu restaurant

All victims were transported to a local trauma center with what were described as "multiple serious injuries"

Missing Alaska man found in trees after car crash

Janis Bishop reported her husband missing late Sunday morning after he ate breakfast with a friend

Trooper's quick actions save life of man in fast-food drive-through

Trooper M.D. Brooks was on a traffic stop when a man in a Wendy's drive-through lost his pulse

Woman gets bitten by copperhead at Longhorn Steakhouse restaurant

“I had my fingers under my foot and that’s when I felt something moving,” Rachel Myrick said.

Man held in fatal bludgeoning of family, admitted to heroin use

After showing up naked and covered in mud on a neighbor’s doorstep and telling him he had just killed four people, Orion Krause told officers, “I freed them”

Ohio teens, responders act in mock DUI car crash

"It's hard to see something like that. I think it hit everybody," father Pat Spettel said about seeing his daughter pretend to be a DUI victim

Mass. rescue team gears up to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Twenty-seven members of the Task Force 1 FEMA Urban Response Team have been called to go to Puerto Rico and help rescue and recovery efforts

NREMT honors fire chief for 20 years of EMT certification

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians recognized Chief Jerry Hickman for keeping up with his certification for the past two decades
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EMS1 Columnist Articles

Inside EMS Podcast: Do national EMS protocols hurt or help our profession?

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 release of the National Model EMS Clinicial Guidelines from NASEMSO. They debate who has ultimate responsibility for clinical care, education and quality improvement in an EMS system. You can also read Grayson's article on the two most important ...

Funding the EMS response to the opioid epidemic

This past April, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced that the HHS will provide $485 million in grants to help states combat opioid addiction. The funding has been allocated to all 50 states over two years through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants provided in the 21st Century Cures Act. Every EMS agency in the country has been impacted by opioids, and ...

A radio and a reason: Are you sure you are dying?

I never would have believed that I was capable of saying some of the things I had to say until I wore a uniform. The things we see and the things we say in response to EMS calls are not by any sane person’s definition normal. Give an ordinary, mild-mannered individual a radio and a reason and it is only a matter of time before the transformation occurs. I would be lying if I said I didn’t ...

EMS Artwork: Devils in the box

Sometimes on my way to work I get anxiety from the calls that will come that day. It’s funny because I never used to feel that way. I've been a paramedic for 15 years and now I get anxiety" For the first two years as a new medic I crapped my pants every time the tones went off, then for the next 10 years I had all the confidence in the world. Now I feel my confidence slipping. Why" I know ...

Top EMS Game Changers – #5: Ergonomic stretchers

Ah, the humble stretcher. Other than ambulances, is there a more fundamental tool in EMS" I don’t think so. Hi-tech devices like cardiac monitors and electronic PCRs get more attention, but how many of them were around when stretchers first appeared" (Hint: Here’s a drawing of a wounded knight being carried on a medieval litter.) The earliest stretchers I used weren’t much more advanced ...

Investigation: Less ambulance siren use won't impact patient outcomes

The evidence for ambulance use of lights and sirens, and recommendations for response and transport benchmarks were presented by Douglas Kupas, MD, in a NHTSA Office of EMS webinar for EMS leaders. During the webinar, Kupas described the scope and effort of "Lights and Siren Use by Emergency Medical Services: Above All Do No Harm," a comprehensive investigation into the use of lights and ambulance ...

How to help Hurricane Irma first responders

Hurricane Harvey was called one of the costliest storms in U.S. history just weeks ago. Following quickly behind it, Hurricane Irma became one of the most powerful storms to hit the U.S. in years. Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami, told the Associated Press that Hurricane Irma "could easily be the most costly storm in U.S. history, which is saying a lot considering ...

Systems-based prehospital pediatric care

"Paramedic EMTs face many challenges in providing high-quality care for children. First, the pre-hospital environment is difficult, chaotic and stressful. Because of these factors, it is prone to error." — Pediatric Patient Safety In EMS/Meckler, Leonard, AND Hoyle • Vol. 15, No. 1 Scenario: A paramedic crew responds to a child not breathing. On scene, they find CPR in progress ...

Overcoming bias, small-mindedness in EMS

With our country's increasingly polarized views on politics, immigration and race, it's no surprise that our small industry is reflective of society as a whole. While it's OK to disagree, sometimes vehemently, about our views, it's crossing a serious line when roles get confused and lives are threatened. Such is the case in New York recently. A union rep for FDNY EMS providers was threatened ...

Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always

My partner and I got an “attaboy” from my employer a few weeks back. With it came an official commendation in my personnel file, and a $25 gift certificate. My employer is pretty good about handing these things out for what they deem going above and beyond the call of duty. It was a welcome and not infrequent bit of positive feedback from my employer, who understands the importance of such ...
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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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