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  • COAST Rechargable Dual Power Flashlight

    Everyday EMS Tips
    Greg
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I just unpacked a brand new COAST Rechargable Dual Power Flashlight. I am really looking forward to using this flashlight and reporting back on its functionality. In the unpacking process I am already impressed with the obvious durability and excellent construction. I was pleasantly surprised it came with AAA  batteries included for immediate use and the LED light is powerful and shadowless. Learn more about the HP7R rechargable flashlight.  
  • NY paramedic training program suspended for possible fraud

    EMS1 Daily News
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    A FOIA request revealed problems that included two paramedics passing the course without being present, and an evaluator who was not state certified
  • Canadian ambulance company celebrates 40 years of service

    ParamedicTV - Newest Clips
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    BC Ambulance Service was created in 1974, and over the years has added air ambulance, a dispatch system, and EMTs and paramedics to improve patient outcomes
  • Best Practices for Online EMS Training Discussion and Episode 395

    The MedicCast
    podmedic
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    Dying from alcohol, mental health and EMS in America, developing a culture of safety, and what are the best practices for live online education for EMTs and Paramedics. If that's what you're looking for, you found it, right here on this week's episode of the MedicCast.
  • Does a Medic Need Two Eyes to be Safe?

    Rogue Medic
    Rogue Medic
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
      When this story first was reported, there were plenty of social media comments about the lack of safety of having only one eye. Is there any difference in outcomes for patients treated by two-eyed medics and one-eyed medics? What about medics who wear glasses? Should a three-eyed medic be given preference over two-eyed medics? Is there any evidence of a difference in job performance? Is there any evidence of a difference in driving? Is there any evidence of a difference in anything that is a part of the job? Provide some valid evidence. If we are going to make these decisions without…
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    Everyday EMS Tips

  • COAST Rechargable Dual Power Flashlight

    Greg
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I just unpacked a brand new COAST Rechargable Dual Power Flashlight. I am really looking forward to using this flashlight and reporting back on its functionality. In the unpacking process I am already impressed with the obvious durability and excellent construction. I was pleasantly surprised it came with AAA  batteries included for immediate use and the LED light is powerful and shadowless. Learn more about the HP7R rechargable flashlight.  
  • Measure Distance with Google Maps

    Greg
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    From any location, right click and select, “Measure Distance”
  • Alternate Posting Location: Polling in EMS Education

    Greg
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Now posted at EMS1.com How polling EMS students can help them learn Also, take 1 minute and help RoadID give $50,000 to fire, EMS, and police charity organizations. Do it. Now. Please.
  • July 4, 2014

    Greg
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Have a safe and fun weekend.   Post by CentreLearn.
  • Posts Outside the Service Area: June 2014

    Greg
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Some of my favorite posts from around the blogosphere from June, 2014. Assessing and treating patients that have had a stroke and are now experiencing a new medical emergency can create a challenging assessment for paramedics. The NeuroEMS blog has a great post on Stroke and the Survivor. Pit Crew CPR – all the details of how one department organizes its resuscitation teams. Strategies and tips for talking to a person contemplating suicide. (Learn more about suicide prevention from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or if you need help call 1-800-273-8255) If you were part of…
 
 
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    The MedicCast

  • Best Practices for Online EMS Training Discussion and Episode 395

    podmedic
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    Dying from alcohol, mental health and EMS in America, developing a culture of safety, and what are the best practices for live online education for EMTs and Paramedics. If that's what you're looking for, you found it, right here on this week's episode of the MedicCast.
  • Vaccines Are Safe, Period!

    podmedic
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:28 am
    Finally, in a follow-up to our last news item, I bring you another definitive study on the safety of vaccines. A multi-site project that examined more than 20,000 studies on vaccine safety and efficacy concluded [...]
  • Behind the Whooping Cough Epidemic

    podmedic
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:22 am
    You may be aware of the whooping cough epidemic reported by California last month after they said that more than 3400 cases of whooping cough have been reported in the state. Whooping cough, also known [...]
  • Treatment of Veterans for Mental Health Disorders on Rise

    podmedic
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:16 am
    First up in the news is a combination of good and bad news for veterans. A recent report from the New York-based Brain & Behavior Research Foundation says that the number of veterans seeking [...]
  • Neuro EMS Blog Interview and MedicCast Episode 394

    podmedic
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    Veterans seeking mental health treatment, getting ahead of the whooping cough epidemic, revisiting vaccine safety and efficacy, and we’ll visit with NeuroEMS.com editor-in-chief and author Stephen Hatez a paramedic with a passion for good care for neurological disorders like stroke and traumatic brain injury. If that's what you're looking for, you found it, right here on this week's episode of the MedicCast.
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    Rogue Medic

  • Does a Medic Need Two Eyes to be Safe?

    Rogue Medic
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
      When this story first was reported, there were plenty of social media comments about the lack of safety of having only one eye. Is there any difference in outcomes for patients treated by two-eyed medics and one-eyed medics? What about medics who wear glasses? Should a three-eyed medic be given preference over two-eyed medics? Is there any evidence of a difference in job performance? Is there any evidence of a difference in driving? Is there any evidence of a difference in anything that is a part of the job? Provide some valid evidence. If we are going to make these decisions without…
  • When is a double dose of defibrillation a good idea?

    Rogue Medic
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
      In the comments to Double simultaneous defibrillators for refractory ventricular fibrillation, NCMedic and Ambulance Driver write that they have already begun using variations on double defibrillation.   That     is     excellent.     The changes in when to implement the change, as well as the vector to use, are reasons we need to have people publishing results on what is being done. Please, work with your medical directors and/or others to publish some results. We have had epinephrine (Adrenaline in Commonwealth countries) in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac…
  • Double simultaneous defibrillators for refractory ventricular fibrillation

    Rogue Medic
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
      It looks as if the next generation of defibrillators will go to 11. This patient received a double dose of defib. Is 720 joules too much? If your answer is Yes, please explain how 720 joules is worse than death. What about 400 joules? Some older mono-phasic defibrillators go to 400 joules, but we might see 400 joule bi-phasic defibrillators. Until then, there is the possibility of using two defibrillators to deliver shocks at the same time, or milliseconds apart. By the time that this is a relevant treatment, the patient has been down for several shocks and is still in a shockable…
  • IAFF’s Jack Reall faces discipline for delaying a 911 call in order to protest research he does not like

    Rogue Medic
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
      One of the advantages of fire department-based EMS is that there is a clear chain of command and that discipline is not a problem. The exceptions to this may be rare enough that they make headlines. Here is one.   A Columbus Fire battalion chief could face discipline for insubordination after an internal investigation found that he disrupted a pilot program intended to more efficiently respond to emergencies.[1]   The first oddity is that the Battalion Chief (Jack Reall) is also the president of Local 67 of the International Association of Fire Fighters. A management position…
  • Ambulance Crash ‘Caused by’ Overtime?

    Rogue Medic
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
      Was this crash caused by paramedics working an extra shift, or two, or three, or . . . ? Does management’s math work (as reported)? Does management’s math (as reported) suggest that management does not understand math (or that a mistake was made reporting the story)?   HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – An ambulance crash at Ala Moana Center involved overworked paramedics on overtime.[1]   A paramedic on overtime? Oh, no! In many places, it seems that paramedics (who get paid more than basic EMTs) have to work more than one job to just be able to live paycheck to…
 
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    The Paramedic's Diary

  • Four nights shifts and an egg and spoon race

    Xf
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    I'm very tired after this latest run of four. These nights seem to be getting longer and longer as we are continually hammered from the moment we sign on duty until we make our weak attempts to get home on time.There is virtually no respite now. Everybody and his dog wants (or thinks they need) an ambulance. I'm spending longer periods at scene with patients - some of them very unwell indeed - because there are not enough ambulances to cover the demand.And this is going to become a not-so-rare event. I already feel like my time is running out and now a colleague has felt the impact of what is…
  • Human pigeons

    Xf
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:28 am
    THIS sort of thing says an awful lot about humanity. I'm all for protecting the privacy and security of people's homes. I'm sure nobody wants to have a 'rough sleeper' bedding down on their doorstep every night, and I'm almost certain that most of the outraged people petitioning about this would rather not have a homeless person migrating towards their neighbourhood.However. Installing measures like this to ensure that people cannot lay down is a wee bit over the top in my opinion. We install very similar protrusions to stop pigeons from landing on window ledges and overhung building…
  • Abandonment

    Xf
    26 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    It's not a word used very often, and when it is, the relevance is rarely on point. But, when you are in a group of mates, out for the night and getting loaded on alcohol (because that's the way its done nowadays), and you dump one of your friends because he or she is too drunk - that's abandonment.I don't mean dropping them somewhere safe and warm to sleep it off; I'm talking about so-called friends who simply leave their drunken mate on a bus, in a taxi... or even worse, on the street. Shockingly, the vast majority of those I've attended in this situation are female. I'd always considered…
  • Wind shift

    Xf
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:23 am
    It has been more than a year since my last post and there have been many changes.I have changed, my job has changed and the profession has changed. Its simply not what it used to be.I am reluctant to write in the open and honest way that I used to; there are too many sensitive people out there. It's too easy to offend and bother, either by accident or by being truthful. The design of this blog was deliberate. I set out to let readers know what I experienced and how I experienced it. The result of this, over the years, has been that a number of individuals have become paramedics after reading…
  • Vulnerable

    Xf
    29 Mar 2013 | 12:05 pm
    The last shift of my tour seemed to be nothing more than one alcoholic after another. Individuals with drinking problems that go beyond binging. Emotional and psychological dependence on the stuff is what I'm talking about. This is not the same for me as picking up a gutter-vomiting teenager who needs to be taught when to stop drinking. This tugs on you and reminds you of how vulnerable humans are and where they can end up when things go wrong and they just can't cope with it all.Before all that, I'd gone through nights and days where aggression and trauma mixed into the scheme of my world so…
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • Staff Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants

    Lauren Malm
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    At TacticalGear.com, we’ve seen, studied and worn just about every type of tactical pants on the market. (Have you seen our Tactical Pants Guide?) Not only that, but we also carry so many brands and styles. Which ones do we wear on the regular? Our lead designer, Corey Schaaf, has deemed Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants the best of the bunch. Staff member: Corey Schaaf Job Title: Senior Designer His Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants Our Price: $24.99 Colors: Black, Khaki, LAPD Navy, Olive “I’ve tried on a lot of tactical pants, and these are by far the best…
  • Army’s New Camouflage Pattern Leaked

    Lauren Malm
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    Want real-time updates on this development? Check out our comprehensive Scorpion ACU page for photos, news updates and extensive links to learn more. The Army might have finally reached the end of its extensive quest to select a new standard-issue camouflage pattern for combat uniforms. More than four years ago, it began an intensive research and testing process in order to replace the highly criticized Universal Camouflage Pattern. Late this May, Military.com broke the news that the Army has selected the Scorpion pattern. Currently, there is no official statement confirming the selection. As…
  • Boot Breakdown: The NIKE SFB and NIKE SFB Field

    Lauren Malm
    23 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    Footwear is where NIKE excels, and its tactical line is no exception. The brand made its debut into the market with the Safety Field Boot (SFB). Then in early 2014, it released the SFB Field. Both boots have a similar handsome cut and are built for the same purpose. However, there are some key differences that set these two styles apart. NIKE SFB The Nike SFB was designed with speed in mind, and the result is the lightest, highest-mobility tactical boot the brand has ever made. Fast-drying, flexible and featherweight, NIKE SFBs feel more like a pair of athletic shoes than a boot. Even…
  • What the New AR 670-1 Means for Your Boots

    Lauren Malm
    16 May 2014 | 9:30 am
    This page last updated: July 2, 2014 Say goodbye to mesh uppers on military boots. The long-awaited Army Regulation 670-1 went into effect at the end of March and has changed the way soldiers lace up. Although the biggest changes were to implement stricter tattoo, hair and appearance rules, the  AR 670-1 also includes rules on which type of military boots are considered acceptable. Previously, soldier were wearing military boots with synthetic uppers, which increased the breathability and reduced weight. The regulation requires all-leather styles without zippers. Specifically, it requires…
  • New Prizm Technology from Oakley

    Lauren Malm
    1 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    Need to update your optics? There is no better time to upgrade to a pair of high-performance Oakleys. The brand just released its newest eyewear innovation, Prizm technology. What sets Prizm lenses apart from others on the market? It’s all about the visual separation, which as a result increases target acquisition. Typically, shooting glasses use a spectrum of gray tints to reduce light. Prizm technology works differently. The red lenses amplify contrast by blocking specific color wavelengths. They’re designed to function in an array of lighting situations, making steel targets…
 
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    Paramedic Blog

  • New ambulance chassis includes innovative safety improvements

    Dan White
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    The Type 1 ambulance features innovative enhancements, like mobility seating, designed with provider safety and functionality in mind During a recent and detailed tour of the new Demers Type 1 MXP 170 ambulance, given by Greg Tucci, regional sales manager for Demers Ambulances, I was impressed by some of the remarkable design features focused on safety and power management. My single favorite feature is the new Mobility Track Seating, which swivels and slides on an innovative Demers-built track mechanism. It allows you to move in almost any direction during patient care and works so well…
  • How a specialized EMS kit can save a professional athlete’s life

    Dan White
    21 May 2014 | 8:44 am
    It’s March 4, 1990, with 13:34 left in the first half of the basketball game. Loyola Marymount University player Hank Gathers suddenly collapses onto the court. He tries to get up, but slumps back to the floor. Despite efforts to revive him with a school defibrillator, he eventually dies at the hospital. From his death, two years laterProSportsEMS was born. The sports paramedic program has since spread throughout the U.S. as a way to support local sports franchises and provides remarkable sophistication designed to train, support and equip athletic trainers for advanced first aid.
  • Ferno’s self-loading iN/X stretcher eases load on EMT’s

    Dan White
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The iN/X is the first of its kind: a powered self-loading stretcher. Watching it being put through its paces at the Gathering of Eagles conference was astounding. Everyone in the room knew they were looking at the next big thing in EMS.  Continue 
  • Rescue airways: Where We Are Now

    Dan White
    17 Feb 2014 | 10:57 am
    Back in the 1970s, the only EMT-level option besides an oral airway was the Esophageal Obturator Airway or EOA. It consisted of a facemask with a snap-in protruding member about the same length as an ET tube. You blindly inserted it and then inflated a distal balloon with a syringe. The balloon was usually located in the esophagus and it blocked gastric contents from entering the pharynx. Once inserted, you attached your BVM or demand valve to the mask and ventilated. Air from the adjunct would be directed through the protruding member that had a closed end and then pass through small holes…
  • It’s Not About Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Dan White
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:10 am
    It’s really not just about Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is about the over 38,000 people that die every year from the same condition. Drug addiction and alcoholism is a deadly disease. It takes countless lives. It destroys families and futures. There has been a lot of talk lately about Philip Seymour Hoffman on social media. Unfortunately I’ve seen some pretty appalling posts by EMS providers. Some say he deserved to die because he chose to inject drugs. Many use highly derogatory terms. I would like to counter with one sentence. I’ve never seen a good caregiver who had contempt for…
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • Staff Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants

    Lauren Malm
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    At TacticalGear.com, we’ve seen, studied and worn just about every type of tactical pants on the market. (Have you seen our Tactical Pants Guide?) Not only that, but we also carry so many brands and styles. Which ones do we wear on the regular? Our lead designer, Corey Schaaf, has deemed Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants the best of the bunch. Staff member: Corey Schaaf Job Title: Senior Designer His Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants Our Price: $24.99 Colors: Black, Khaki, LAPD Navy, Olive “I’ve tried on a lot of tactical pants, and these are by far the best…
  • Army’s New Camouflage Pattern Leaked

    Lauren Malm
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    Want real-time updates on this development? Check out our comprehensive Scorpion ACU page for photos, news updates and extensive links to learn more. The Army might have finally reached the end of its extensive quest to select a new standard-issue camouflage pattern for combat uniforms. More than four years ago, it began an intensive research and testing process in order to replace the highly criticized Universal Camouflage Pattern. Late this May, Military.com broke the news that the Army has selected the Scorpion pattern. Currently, there is no official statement confirming the selection. As…
  • Boot Breakdown: The NIKE SFB and NIKE SFB Field

    Lauren Malm
    23 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    Footwear is where NIKE excels, and its tactical line is no exception. The brand made its debut into the market with the Safety Field Boot (SFB). Then in early 2014, it released the SFB Field. Both boots have a similar handsome cut and are built for the same purpose. However, there are some key differences that set these two styles apart. NIKE SFB The Nike SFB was designed with speed in mind, and the result is the lightest, highest-mobility tactical boot the brand has ever made. Fast-drying, flexible and featherweight, NIKE SFBs feel more like a pair of athletic shoes than a boot. Even…
  • What the New AR 670-1 Means for Your Boots

    Lauren Malm
    16 May 2014 | 9:30 am
    This page last updated: July 2, 2014 Say goodbye to mesh uppers on military boots. The long-awaited Army Regulation 670-1 went into effect at the end of March and has changed the way soldiers lace up. Although the biggest changes were to implement stricter tattoo, hair and appearance rules, the  AR 670-1 also includes rules on which type of military boots are considered acceptable. Previously, soldier were wearing military boots with synthetic uppers, which increased the breathability and reduced weight. The regulation requires all-leather styles without zippers. Specifically, it requires…
  • New Prizm Technology from Oakley

    Lauren Malm
    1 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    Need to update your optics? There is no better time to upgrade to a pair of high-performance Oakleys. The brand just released its newest eyewear innovation, Prizm technology. What sets Prizm lenses apart from others on the market? It’s all about the visual separation, which as a result increases target acquisition. Typically, shooting glasses use a spectrum of gray tints to reduce light. Prizm technology works differently. The red lenses amplify contrast by blocking specific color wavelengths. They’re designed to function in an array of lighting situations, making steel targets…
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    CPR Certification Online HQ

  • Alabama – Top 10 CPR Certification / Training Providers

    cpronline
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
    With heart attack as one of the leading causes of death in the United States, people need to learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation more than ever. Over the past few years, there has been a small percentage of US Americans that are trained in basic life support, which is a disadvantage over thousands of […]The post Alabama – Top 10 CPR Certification / Training Providers appeared first on CPR Certification Online HQ.
  • Ultimate Guide to CPR Certifications Online – 7 part series (Free Download)

    cpronline
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    For quite some time, I have been working on authoring the Ultimate Guide to CPR Certifications. The guide is unique, fresh and will give both general people and prospective CPR certification holders a one comprehensive resource to learn everything about getting a CPR Certification. You can download the guide in PDF Format from below or […]The post Ultimate Guide to CPR Certifications Online – 7 part series (Free Download) appeared first on CPR Certification Online HQ.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) vs Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

    cpronline
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    Basic Life Support (BLS) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)   Definition:  Basic Life Support can be defined as the level of medical care which is offered to patients suffering from life-threatening diseases or injuries before and during the time they are shifted to higher level of treatments.     Definition:  Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation may be primarily defined as mouth-to-mouth […]The post Basic Life Support (BLS) vs Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) appeared first on CPR Certification Online HQ.
  • The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Certification

    cpronline
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
      The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ensure that all individuals enjoy a safe and hazard free work environment. In order to achieve their objective they have implemented regulations and compliance measures which requires the mandatory compliance of all employers and employees. The medical fraternity, owing to the nature of their work, is most […]The post The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Certification appeared first on CPR Certification Online HQ.
  • A Guide to First Aid in the Wilderness

    cpronline
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:41 pm
    A love for the open skies and lush meadows has often led people to adopt a wild and active lifestyle. Adventure sports, boy scouts, camping and several other such activities have often helped in satiating this thirst and pumping up the adrenaline sufficiently. However, life in the wilderness, though exciting can be dangerous as well. […]The post A Guide to First Aid in the Wilderness appeared first on CPR Certification Online HQ.
 
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