How to assess and when to transport patients injured by tear gas, pepper spray or rubber bullets.
What EMS can learn from the NASA/SpaceX mission and a return to space,
Paramedics and E.M.T.s are just as professional as firefighters and should be compensated accordingly.
In the mass-shooting era, civilians must help one another in a crisis—and keep victims from bleeding to death.
Once hired, new dispatchers undergo several weeks or months of training, though there are no uniform nationwide standards. Few states have mandatory exams and the vast differences in resources between 911 centers can mean that the bulk of some new operators’ training comes from simply sitting beside longer-tenured colleagues.
The capnograph, which measures carbon dioxide being expelled from the mouth of the patient, can tell rescuers when further efforts at cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, are futile or whether they should be continued. It is the latest effort that cardiology experts and emergency teams are devising that aim to improve a patient's odds.
With epinephrine’s wide availability on ALS units for the management of cardiac arrest, extension of its use as a vasopressor is a logical progression. The “code” or “cardiac” epinephrine stored on ALS ambulances is in a 0.1 mg/mL concentration. To make push dose epinephrine, it needs to be diluted to a 0.01 mg/mL (10mcg/mL) concentration before being administered through a peripheral vessel. This is usually done using a 10-mL syringe and given in 1-mL aliquots known as a “push dose” or “bolus dose.”
Follow these steps to facilitate a successful outcome for dealing with emergencies involving kids.
Currently, in American health care, experts are wringing their hands in confusion. I mean, people have insurance, right? And yet health care is still expensive and dang it, people just keep going to the ER. Visits are climbing everywhere, and I can speak from personal experience when I say that we’re tasked with more and more complex and multi-varied duties in the emergency departments of the 21st century.
Thanks to new technology, new life-saving techniques and new missions, ambulance crews are far from the ‘horizontal taxicabs’ they once were.
Few innovations have had such immediate and sweeping popularity as Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). However, there is no centralized registry to collect data on the use and effectiveness of AEDs. What?
Sudden cardiac arrest outcomes continue to remain dismal despite CPR. But, anybody can perform CPR, including children. It's not how well CPR was done, but whether it was done at all!
Nothing represents the urgency of time in emergency care better than the blazing ambulance, its lights and sirens clearing its path. Some of the supposed importance of speed in medical emergencies is actually grounded in truth: For patients with cardiac arrest, the time it takes for someone to start CPR makes a big difference in survival. But for many other conditions, time (on the order of minutes) may not make as much of a difference as we once thought.
Several resources related to mass casualties for EMS providers.
While the mobile industry is squarely focused on the next biggest thing, or in the words of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, making connecting to the internet as easy as dialing 911, it would be a mistake to leave such a basic service by the wayside. To do so would be to literally add insult to injury.
Paramedics, who race to emergencies and transport victims to the nearest ER, are taking on a new role: keeping patients out of the hospital.
Evidence suggests that the number of people resuscitated from Sudden Cardiac Arrest may double simply with the use of hypothermia. Yet, most EMS systems & hospitals still have not embraced it. Why?
I put together some general principles, “Laws,” to help the newer providers understand the big picture of EMS and make sure they see the forest and not just the trees.
Thirty years ago ambulance rides were generally provided free of charge, underwritten by taxpayers as a municipal service or provided by volunteers. Today, like the rest of the health care system in the United States, most ambulance services operate as businesses and contribute to America’s escalating medical bills. Often, they are a high-cost prequel to expensive emergency room visits.
You take him for granted. I treasure every moment, as if it is my last, because he leaves his family to care for yours.
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"New" episodes of the 1970's TV series Emergency written by paramedics like you, shown with images and music.
As the world of EMS grows bigger and more complex, reaching the right people becomes more challenging.
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PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to make it much easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their life saving skills to do just that…save lives! Through the use of modern, location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and empower them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.
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