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  • What type of EMT are you?

    Everyday EMS Tips
    Greg
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Limmer Creative created this fun quiz.  
  • More than 2,500 dead in Nepal earthquake

    EMS1 Daily News
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    Nepalese dug through the rubble for missing people as aftershocks panicked survivors
  • Ambulance 're-mounting' becomes national business

    ParamedicTV - Newest Clips
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Rather than buy a new unit, operations from across the country ship their old vehicles to the Texas location, where the box containing the rolling hospital room is installed on a new chassis
  • The Process of Managing Processes; EMS Leadership Episode 130

    EMS Leadership
    Cebollero
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    We develop great processes in our organizations to ensure we do the best job possible. What process do we put into place to determine if our processes are being followed? Join Chris Cebollero, and his guests Patrick Pianezza, Don Lundy, and Rob Lawrence  as they tackle this very topic.  
  • Saving Your Mom on the Ambulance

    The MedicCast
    podmedic
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    Finally in the news for EMTs and paramedics this week is a look at how closely we should get attached to our patients during calls. We all like to talk about maintaining an emotional distance professionally. Sometimes, though, you have [...]
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    Everyday EMS Tips

  • What type of EMT are you?

    Greg
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Limmer Creative created this fun quiz.  
  • Book Reviews, Recommendations, and Excerpts

    Greg
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Recent Amazon Reviews and Recommendations I posted a review of Mr. Wilson Makes It Home,  a new book by Michael Morse. This is a great book from the author of Responding and Rescuing Providence.  I hope you will check it out. The The Gemini Effect by Chuck Grossart was a recent Kindle First book, which means as a Kindle owner and Prime subscriber I was able to read it for free. This book was a great reminder to me of the amazing difficulty (and courage) to write and publish. Congratulations to Mr. Grossart. This book was not a good match to my interests. Though I highly recommend an…
  • Active Shooter Analysis and Lessons from Nickel Mines

    Greg
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:42 am
    The Reading (Pa.) Eagle posted two stories recently about the FBI investigation into active shooter incidents and specifically incidents in Pennsylvania. Pa. emergency responders still learning from Nickel Mines tragedy Lessons learned in Pa. active shooter analysis The stories reminded me of the Medical Author Chat interview with Janice Ballenger and her story of responding to the Nickel Mines school.
  • Arrowhead EMS Conference Slides

    Greg
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:20 pm
    I am presenting two sessions at the Arrowhead EMS Conference in Duluth, Minnesota on Friday, January 23, 2015. Below are the slide decks. Distraction is Deadly from Greg Friese Social Media Concepts and Tools for EMS Education from Greg Friese
  • Everyday, a New Year

    Greg
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:18 pm
    The team at EMS1, which I am honored to be a part, put together a great package of Year in Review articles and videos.  My primary writing contribution was the retrospective and look ahead, What 2014 EMS development changes mean for EMS in 2015. I managed to touch on many of the big EMS stories of 2014: narcan, backboards, Ebola, on-the-job violence and stress, new roles for EMS, and dissolving roles for EMS. I may have “buried the lede” as they say in journalism because I finished with my two best paragraphs. EMS; every day is the start of new year You have likely heard the…
 
 
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    EMS Leadership

  • The Process of Managing Processes; EMS Leadership Episode 130

    Cebollero
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    We develop great processes in our organizations to ensure we do the best job possible. What process do we put into place to determine if our processes are being followed? Join Chris Cebollero, and his guests Patrick Pianezza, Don Lundy, and Rob Lawrence  as they tackle this very topic.  
  • Level 5 Leadership; EMS Leadership Podcast Episode 129

    Cebollero
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    In this episode Chris and his panel Don, Patrick and Rob discuss the attributes of a Level 5 Leader. Level 5 Leadership was a concept developed by Good to Great author James Collins. Join us for a great discussion.
  • Setting 2015 Goals; EMS Leadership Podcast Episode 128

    Cebollero
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    In the first episode of 2015 we discuss the importance of developing goals for the up coming year. Join Chris Cebollero and his guests Don Lundy, Rob Lawrence, and Patrick Pianezza as they lead you through goal setting.
  • EMS Expo 2014, EMS Leadership Podcast Episode 127

    Cebollero
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    In Episode 127 Chris Cebollero is joined by Don Lundy and Rob Lawrence as they overview EMS Expo 2014 in Nashville, TN. From the exhibit hall, to the World Trauma Symposium, to high quality education. Come on in and join the discussion and see why EMS World Expo is the number one EMS Trade Show. […]
  • Back Safety; EMS Leadership Podcast Episode 126

    Cebollero
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    In this episode Chris Cebollero and his guests Don Lundy, Patrick Pianezza and Rob Lawrence discuss How to keep a healthy back on the job. Don shares the programs NAEMT has introduced for back safety.
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    The MedicCast

  • Saving Your Mom on the Ambulance

    podmedic
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    Finally in the news for EMTs and paramedics this week is a look at how closely we should get attached to our patients during calls. We all like to talk about maintaining an emotional distance professionally. Sometimes, though, you have [...]
  • Police Officers Cross-Trained as EMTs

    podmedic
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    Next up in the news is a look at our first responder cousins, the police officers. We all know that a lot of police officers are not willing to do a lot of first aid unless they have to before [...]
  • ETHAN Connects EMS Patients To Docs Using Telemedicine App

    podmedic
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:44 am
    Kicking off the EMS news this week is a look at how Houston Fire Department is handling increased EMS overload in its system. You may remember last week in the news segment, I talked about a program in Louisville, Kentucky [...]
  • Using Hi-Vis Clothing on EMS Scenes and Episode 432

    podmedic
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    EMS telemedicine connection, police EMTs, saving your own mother, and we’ll visit with another one of our EMS 10 Awardees in the Physio-Control Podcast Studio at EMS Today. If that's what you're looking for, you found it, right here on this week's episode of the MedicCast.
  • Overtired EMS Providers Prone to Medical Errors

    podmedic
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:36 am
    Finally in the news is an article from EMS1.com that talks about workplace fatigue in EMS and medical and safety errors. It tells the story of a medic, after over 30 hours [...]
 
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    The EMT Spot

  • EMT Burn Management: Part 3

    Steve Whitehead
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Treatment Guidelines For The Burn Patient You’ve taken an educated guess on burn depth, calculated the burn area and classified the burns severity. With those priorities out of the way we can start treating the victim. (Yes, I’m taking some creative literary licence here, since assessment and treatment tend to occur in tandem.) There are things we tend to do well and things we tend to do poorly in prehospital burn management. Here are some “do and don’t” type guidelines to direct your burn treatment. Always consider the possibility of non – accidental…
  • EMT Burn Management: Part 2

    Steve Whitehead
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Burn Assessment and Treatment: Making The Call In our first installment, we looked at how to determine the thickness of a burn and what that might mean for the patient. Now let’s talk about the things that will help us decide how to determine if our patient’s burn is minor, moderate of severe. Our three considerations when deciding on burn criteria are: burn depth burn surface area burn location We covered burn depth last time, this time we’ll cover estimating burn area and the particular locations that change our burn assessment. Estimating Burn Surface Area Let’s look at two widely…
  • EMT Burn Management: Part 1

    Steve Whitehead
    5 Apr 2015 | 3:24 pm
    An EMT Guide to Burn Assessment and Treatment Your patient has been burned. You are going to have to make two important decisions and you may need to make them fast. First you’re going to need to decide the thickness or “degree” of the burn. Then you’re going to need to determine if the patient meets critical burn criteria. You may not have a lot of time to put all this together. Your assessment of what does and does not constitute a critical burn will effect your decision to transport emergent or not. It can determine if you transport to a burn center and if the burn team is…
  • Carmel Ind. Paramedics Deploy Ultrasound

    administrator
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    The Indy Channel reports that Carmel paramedics will be the first to deploy ultrasound in the prehospital environment. [Read the whole story here]
  • How Can Aladtec Software Save Time and Money?

    administrator
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    Working as a supervisor was a ton of fun and also a ton of work. We decided to partner with Aladtec as our primary sponsor because I know personally that employee schedule management can be the single biggest challenge and EMS manager faces. This single task can pull away hours of productivity and face time with crews. If you are an EMS manager who struggles with scheduling, I highly suggest watching the video at this link. Or click this url:  http://aladtec.com/top_5_reasons_ems.php It may be the best five minutes you spend all month. If you don’t manage an EMS schedule but…
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    Rogue Medic

  • Will the Upcoming Pennsylvania Paramedic Protocols Eliminate Our Use of Not-So-Therapeutic Hypothermia?

    Rogue Medic
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
      Will Pennsylvania continue its trend of rejecting treatments that do not work and medicine that is not medicine? One place to get a clear indication is the Post-resuscitation Care protocol, which has encouraged testing the ice waters of therapeutic hypothermia as an optional treatment that requires medical command orders. Backing away from further use of cold IV fluid for no known benefit to patients should be easy to do without political backlash from those more interested in doing something than in protecting patients from treatment for the sake of treatment.   Possible Medical…
  • One Way to Cut Down on Emergency Department Crowding?

    Rogue Medic
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:15 pm
      Emergency Department overcrowding is a problem that even appears to increase the death rate for patients.     The study does have its limitations, but it is logically consistent with being so busy that we are occasionally distracted from what we are doing and having that result in mistakes. The study does not track mistakes, but does compares outcomes of patients adjusted for the severity of triage category.[1] Look below at the distribution among the triage categories. The first graph shows that very few patients are triaged as 1 (very critical), while a large number are…
  • Comments on Pennsylvania Eliminating Backboards for Potential Spinal Injuries

    Rogue Medic
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
      There were several comments to Pennsylvania Eliminating Backboards for Potential Spinal Injuries that indicate that I was probably not clear enough in my explanation of the protocol change in Pennsylvania. Backboards are not being completely eliminated, but the requirements to extricate/transport patients on backboards has been eliminated. The use of backboards as extrication devices should be rare if we do what is best for the patients. The use of the backboard during transport should be the kind of thing that causes hospital staff to come look at the ancient artifact, like DeLee…
  • Pennsylvania Eliminating Backboards for Potential Spinal Injuries

    Rogue Medic
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
      Medical directors should already have every EMS provider in Pennsylvania following the new Statewide BLS Protocols, but the procrastinators have until July 1, 2015 to get everyone to aggressively avoid using backboards. We should not be manipulating the potentially injured spines of patients to get them onto backboards for no known benefit, while possibly causing permanent disabilities or other significant harms.   Excessive motion of the spine may worsen spine fractures or spinal cord injuries (especially in patients with altered consciousness who can’t restrict their own…
  • Dextrose in Cardiac Arrest – More Kitchen Sink Medicine

    Rogue Medic
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
      Should we treat hypoglycemia in a dead person? How do we determine hypoglycemia in a dead person? Is there any evidence that giving dextrose, in any concentration, will help to resuscitate a dead person? Should we treat patients based on the philosophy of Who knows? Maybe it could work? Bleach enemas are currently in fashion among the alternative to medicine crowd,[1] so we could use the same reasoning to give bleach enemas in cardiac arrest. Who knows? Maybe it could work. Is Kitchen Sink Medicine significantly different from any other alternative to medicine? The dead person is not…
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    The Paramedic's Diary

  • Devolution

    Xf
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    What's to be done? I'm actually starting to feel some despair about the situation.I was sitting in my response car at the scene of a call. There was an ambulance behind me - the crew was in the back treating the patient, who'd felt faint but hadn't actually passed out. I was on the phone to a fellow paramedic when a man approached me and asked me to wind down my window, which I duly did (although these days I'm a little bit more cautious about doing so).The following exchange then took place.Man: "Sorry for interrupting but I pay for the NHS too, so can you tell me why there are so many…
  • Elephants

    Xf
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:34 pm
    It has been a long time since my last post but my family and career must come first and if anything I write threatens them, I need to temper my emotions; thus less to say of pertinence.This week I was invited to sit on a panel during a live national television debate on the 'NHS Crisis' and so, after four busy night shifts in a row, I appeared, bleary-eyed, in front of the nation, along with other healthcare professionals and an assortment of politicians, celebrities and members of the public with a story to tell.The programme, called 'NHS in crisis - the live debate', which you can see here,…
  • 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…
 
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    paramedics - Google News

  • Firefighters and paramedics save boy after bathtime disaster - Daily Mail

    26 Apr 2015 | 4:23 am
    Daily MailFirefighters and paramedics save boy after bathtime disasterDaily MailFirefighters and paramedics save boy after bathtime disaster. Firefighters and paramedics had to rescue a nine-year-old boy in Sydney who got a finger stuck in a bath plug-hole. Gamble reveals her stripper phobia... Read More · 0:29min · First look at
  • Memo Asks Alberta Paramedics To Pay For Medical Equipment Via Payroll ... - Huffington Post Canada

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    News Talk 770 CalgaryMemo Asks Alberta Paramedics To Pay For Medical Equipment Via Payroll Huffington Post CanadaCALGARY - Alberta paramedics are angry about a memo from the government that asks them to fund the purchase of medical equipment through a voluntary payroll deduction. Elisabeth Ballerman, president of the union that represents paramedics, says it's ...Paramedics furious over alleged memo asking them to buy own equipmentNews Talk 770 Calgaryall 5 news articles »
  • Paramedics take 40000 days off sick with stress as strain on NHS takes toll - The Guardian

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:35 am
    The GuardianParamedics take 40000 days off sick with stress as strain on NHS takes tollThe GuardianGerry Egan, a paramedic and executive director of the College of Paramedics, said: “It is clear that there are very real concerns among our membership in regards to mental ill health and many are worried that they will not reach retirement age of 68 and more »
  • Union says asking paramedics to pay for EMS equipment “defies belief” - 630ched.com

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:07 pm
    630ched.comUnion says asking paramedics to pay for EMS equipment “defies belief”630ched.comThe union representing paramedics and other medical technical support employees is slamming the PCs' cuts to healthcare costs following a third-party charity campaign. The Health Sciences Association of Alberta is responding to an email, released by and more »
  • Rachel Notley says leaked email asks paramedics to pay for medical equipment - CBC.ca

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:33 pm
    CBC.caRachel Notley says leaked email asks paramedics to pay for medical equipmentCBC.caThis program is asking paramedics to pay out of their own pockets for their own supplies for their own ambulances," Notley said. The "leaked email," provided by the NDP, was addressed from the executive director of the EMS Foundation, and it appeals NDP: Paramedics asked to pay out of pocket for medical equipmentVauxhall Advance (blog)all 383 news articles »
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  • EMS grad starts free CPR program for low-income residents

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:02 am
    By Mara H. Gottfried Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — Nick Wilson, 20, realized his dream of becoming a paramedic when he was a student in St. Paul's EMS Academy a couple of years ago. Now, he's spearheading an effort to pay forward the free education he got through the academy. He and others are starting a program to teach CPR and first-aid instruction at no cost to low-income St. Paul residents, along with veterans and active-duty military members. Wilson, of St. Paul, is raising money for the effort through a GoFundMe page. "I think it's a wonderful thing for our…
  • Inside EMS Podcast: Could Uber really provide medical care?

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Download this week's episode on iTunes, SoundCloud or via RSS feed In this week’s Inside EMS Podcast, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson consider whether the on-demand car service Uber could practically delivery medical care. The idea is based on reports Uber drivers have faster response times than ambulances in New York and London. Cebollero and Grayson look at an article by EMS1 Editor-in-Chief Greg Friese that explores seven community health care services that Uber drivers could start delivering immediately.  “Is this just a tongue in cheek…
  • EMS poem: ‘But it wouldn't end that way’

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    By Michael Roxbury            But it wouldn’t end that way It started like most any day A Monday it was, and late in May The weather promised lots of sun With not a care to mar the fun But it wouldn’t end that way   This holiday weekend was nearly done With one last day to have some fun So to the river a small group went To swim and play was their intent But it wouldn’t end that way   I was home, doing who knows what The grass I think, was needing cut And that anchor I carried, in my hand Was mostly silent as the channels scanned But…
  • Wyo. medic recovering from major surgery eager to return to work

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:14 am
    CASPER, Wyo. — A paramedic diagnosed with pectus excavatum, a condition that forced her sternum to compress her heart, shifting her heart into her left lung, underwent surgery and is recovery. Tami Scott, a Wyoming Medical Center paramedic, is now in her fourth week of recovery and is doing well, KCWY13 reports.  Colleagues came together to raise money for her surgery, providing $1,400 through the Tami’s Heart fundraiser. Scott said she’s enjoying her time at home during the recovery, but is eager to return to work.
  • Book Excerpt: Blood, Sweat, Tears and Prayers (Part 2)

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Continued from Part 1 The paramedic put the ambulance in drive, turned on the siren, and headed to the hospital. The paramedic in the back of the ambulance with me called in a radio report to Children’s Hospital to let them know we were en route, and to give the patient’s condition. This allows the hospital to prepare for our arrival and get a team in place that will take over patient care from us. The voice on the other end of the radio acknowledged our transmission and let us know they would be ready. By this point, the small child was struggling for life, and still unconscious.
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • Boot Breakdown : The Salomon Forces Line

    Lauren Malm
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    From the wild to the field, Salomon boots are built to excel. Meeting end-user demand, the French company took existing boots in their expansive mountaineering and extreme sports repertoire and adapted them for tactical operations. From there, the Salomon Forces line was born. These boots caught on with first responders and quickly became some of our best-selling tactical boots. So what features make these boots stand out from the pack? Three Salomon technologies found in every Forces style come to mind immediately. Abrasion-Resistant Uppers While other brands have been leaning towards light,…
  • New Additions to the Oakley PRIZM Line

    Lauren Malm
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Winter is over, the sun is shining and Oakley has just what you need to ring in the new season. In 2014, the brand launched its initial lineup of glasses featuring PRIZM lenses. This proprietary technology was developed after decades of color science research. By blocking specific color wavelengths, PRIZM lenses increase the natural acuity of the human eye. This Spring, Oakley released new styles featuring never-before-seen PRIZM lenses intended for daytime operations. The new models feature PRIZM daily polarized lenses that reduce glare in bright-light environments while simultaneously…
  • Staff Pick: Streamlight ProTac HL Professional Tactical Light

    Lauren Malm
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    As our Head Buyer, Jenny Kendall-Webb gets to see the latest and greatest tactical gear before it ever hits our shelves. Even with loads of new, innovative styles swimming in her head, when asked for her gear pick she opts for a classic. The Streamlight ProTac HL Professional has been around for a few years but its high-lumens technology and durable construction make it an irreplaceable component for everyday carry. Staff member: Jenny Kendall-Webb Job Title: Head Buyer Her Pick: Streamlight ProTac HL Professional Tactical Light Our Price: $70.99 “It’s compact but with a powerful…
  • Army Unveils New Uniform Quality Control Program

    Lauren Malm
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    In February 2015, the Army unveiled its plans for a new Uniform Quality Control Program (UQCP). The program will be launched this year by PEO Soldier in order to provide soldiers, Army leaders and industry manufacturers clarity on what optional-wear boot models are considered Army authorized. In the 3rd fiscal quarter of 2015, PEO Soldier will post a list of boots that meet Army standards. To get on this list, boot manufacturers will have to submit boot materials to third-party labs in order to obtain necessary certifications. The certifications will then be passed along to Natick Soldier…
  • The Top 10 Gear from SHOT Show 2015

    Lauren Malm
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Per usual, SHOT Show was 5 days full of the latest and greatest gear from the industry’s premier brands. We hand-picked this year’s standout styles of apparel, equipment and footwear from the show so you know what to look forward to in 2015. 1. Condor Elite Line of Bags If you’re not familiar with Condor gear, you can easily pick it out by its ultra-aggressive look. Known for its tightly woven nylon equipment, Condor packs and tactical vests have never let us down before. This year at SHOT, the brand added an even more premium line of nylon bags to its arsenal. This Condor Elite line of…
 
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  • When to Stop the Overtime and Get a Second Job

    Sean
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:48 am
    Overtime is to EMS, like country music is to Texas. It’s really hard to talk about one without mentioning the other. They go hand in hand. For most of us, it’s not just a perk, but a necessity. Making ends meet can be difficult, especially when your drowning in debt. But when is enough, enough? If your regular hours don’t produce enough income to cover all of your expenses, then you have to either reduce your expenses or increase the hours. If you’ve been reading my #MoneySmartMedics series for any length of time, then you probably know that I’m a huge advocate…
  • The Paramedic’s Guide to Dealing With Bill Collectors

    Sean
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    It wasn’t that long ago that when my phone rang, I knew there was a 90% chance that it was a bill collector. At the time, I was disorganized, severely in debt, and afraid to answer the calls or open my mail. It was an absolute horrible feeling and it made me feel like a complete failure. On some occasions, I actually gave in to their ridiculous demands and spent every dime I had to pay them and then had to worry about how I was going to eat until payday. Bill collectors have a right to try to collect what’s owed, but I hate their methods with a passion. Now don’t get me…
  • Set Measurable and Achievable Money-Smart Goals This Year

    Sean
    2 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    This is the time of year when people start falling off the New Year’s Resolution wagon. As life continues to happen, so do the daily struggles and challenges that got us here in the first place. No matter how bad we wish we could, we simply can’t hit a reset button on life every year. In EMS, it’s easy to get stuck in the never-ending cycle of overtime and debt. Especially when we continue to live beyond our means and not stick to a written budget. Overtime is one of the best and worst parts of our job. It’s nice because we have it available when we need or want extra…
  • How to Recover From Holiday Money Mistakes

    Sean
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    I know we talk a lot on here about staying money smart throughout the holidays and not letting things like Christmas destroy your bank account. But let’s face it, many of us – myself included – probably slipped up at least a little and have some recovering to do. Don’t beat yourself up over it! Regardless of how far you may have set yourself back, you can and should take the steps towards not only recovering as fast as possible but preparing for next year. By doing so, we can take the stress out of the holidays and truly focus on the positive things that this time of…
  • Introducing #TeamMedicMadness

    Sean
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:59 pm
    There is a stereotype in EMS when it comes to personal health, and it isn’t good. How many times have you heard people talk about how we are overweight, out of shape and generally unhealthy? When you hear that, does it make you laugh, or does it disappoint you? For the majority of my career, I had just accepted it but failed to realize that I was part of it. I figured that since I wasn’t “overweight” that I must be “healthy enough”. This couldn’t be further from the truth. For the longest time, I was eating junk every day and doing absolutely no…
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • Boot Breakdown : The Salomon Forces Line

    Lauren Malm
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    From the wild to the field, Salomon boots are built to excel. Meeting end-user demand, the French company took existing boots in their expansive mountaineering and extreme sports repertoire and adapted them for tactical operations. From there, the Salomon Forces line was born. These boots caught on with first responders and quickly became some of our best-selling tactical boots. So what features make these boots stand out from the pack? Three Salomon technologies found in every Forces style come to mind immediately. Abrasion-Resistant Uppers While other brands have been leaning towards light,…
  • New Additions to the Oakley PRIZM Line

    Lauren Malm
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Winter is over, the sun is shining and Oakley has just what you need to ring in the new season. In 2014, the brand launched its initial lineup of glasses featuring PRIZM lenses. This proprietary technology was developed after decades of color science research. By blocking specific color wavelengths, PRIZM lenses increase the natural acuity of the human eye. This Spring, Oakley released new styles featuring never-before-seen PRIZM lenses intended for daytime operations. The new models feature PRIZM daily polarized lenses that reduce glare in bright-light environments while simultaneously…
  • Staff Pick: Streamlight ProTac HL Professional Tactical Light

    Lauren Malm
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    As our Head Buyer, Jenny Kendall-Webb gets to see the latest and greatest tactical gear before it ever hits our shelves. Even with loads of new, innovative styles swimming in her head, when asked for her gear pick she opts for a classic. The Streamlight ProTac HL Professional has been around for a few years but its high-lumens technology and durable construction make it an irreplaceable component for everyday carry. Staff member: Jenny Kendall-Webb Job Title: Head Buyer Her Pick: Streamlight ProTac HL Professional Tactical Light Our Price: $70.99 “It’s compact but with a powerful…
  • Army Unveils New Uniform Quality Control Program

    Lauren Malm
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    In February 2015, the Army unveiled its plans for a new Uniform Quality Control Program (UQCP). The program will be launched this year by PEO Soldier in order to provide soldiers, Army leaders and industry manufacturers clarity on what optional-wear boot models are considered Army authorized. In the 3rd fiscal quarter of 2015, PEO Soldier will post a list of boots that meet Army standards. To get on this list, boot manufacturers will have to submit boot materials to third-party labs in order to obtain necessary certifications. The certifications will then be passed along to Natick Soldier…
  • The Top 10 Gear from SHOT Show 2015

    Lauren Malm
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Per usual, SHOT Show was 5 days full of the latest and greatest gear from the industry’s premier brands. We hand-picked this year’s standout styles of apparel, equipment and footwear from the show so you know what to look forward to in 2015. 1. Condor Elite Line of Bags If you’re not familiar with Condor gear, you can easily pick it out by its ultra-aggressive look. Known for its tightly woven nylon equipment, Condor packs and tactical vests have never let us down before. This year at SHOT, the brand added an even more premium line of nylon bags to its arsenal. This Condor Elite line of…
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  • Pulmonary Collapse: A Nightmare Series Podcast

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:25 am
      Pulmonary CollapseA Nightmare Series Podcast The FlightBridgeED Podcast - Episode 55 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, a mysterious traveler from the deep south winds his way into town. Why is he there? Who is he? As he moves in and out of the shadows, the evidence of his malicious intent becomes apparent as his terrible hands clutch and tear the tender flesh of his victim until there is no use to struggle against him. Will our patient find salvation? Join your host, Eric Bauer, as he uncovers the mystery of the Pulmonary Collapse - A Nightmare Series Podcast. Podcast…
  • Passive Oxygenation: What Do The Studies Show?

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
        Passive Oxygenation:What Do The Studies Show? The FlightBridgeED Podcast - Episode 54 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, we take an in-depth look at the concept of of passive oxygenation and camp out in the literature and studies regarding it. Join us for the podcast and discover together how to apply the concept of passive oxygenation to your practice!  Preoxygenation-and-Prevention-of-Desaturation-During-ETI.pdf Podcast Download (MP3) Subscribe on iTunes Hear us on Stitcher Listener Survey    
  • Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

    13 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
        Ventilator Associated PneumoniaA Nightmare Series Podcast The FlightBridgeED Podcast - Episode 53 In this episode of The FlightBridgeED Podcast, below the tempest driven surface of the deep and plunging to the murky, gray depths, a struggling soul descends to join the silence of fate. Join us to discover the horrifying fate and as death wraps its icy hand around the lungs of our patient. What is this terror? Find out in this nightmare series podcast episode, Ventilator Associated Pneumonia.   Borgatta. How to approach and treat VAP in ICU patients. BMC Infectious Diseases…
  • Do We Understand Oxygenation?

    4 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
      The Oxyhemoglobin Dissociation Curve can be confusing... However, it's an essential aspect to understanding oxygen physiology in critical care. Think of it as a "Manual for Dating". In a healthy relationship you have a good date, really like that person, but don't mind dropping them off after an evening out because you know you'll see them again. Hemoglobin picks up and drops off O2 when needed. (Normal Curve) In another scenario, you pick up your date, but don't really like them too much, so you can't wait to get the date over. You drop them off fast! In a Right shift, hemoglobin…
  • Hemodynamic Compromise in Trauma

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
        Dead space is something we need to always look at and calculate when dealing with our ventilator patients.  We can calculate dead space in 2 different ways. 1. 1 mL/pound of ideal body weight (neonates, pediatrics, small adults) 2. 150 mL/breath (normal sized adults) Understanding the difference between minute ventilation (VE) and alveolar minute ventilation is important.  All that’s great. But how does that affect our patients?  How does it affect our patients with hemodynamic instability?  Do we treat our trauma patients different than an ARDS patient?
 
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  • Difference between AHA and Red Cross CPR Training Programs

    Randi Simon
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:13 pm
    What’s the difference between American Heart Association and Red Cross CPR training? Which one is right for you? Both offer... The post Difference between AHA and Red Cross CPR Training Programs appeared first on CPR Certification Online HQ.
  • Which CPR Course is Right for You?

    Anna D
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    When you decide to take a CPR course and begin the registration process, you will find that you have a... The post Which CPR Course is Right for You? appeared first on CPR Certification Online HQ.
  • Two Powerful CPR Tools

    Andrew Randazzo
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    Another five years has snuck up on us again, and the American Heart Association (AHA) is about ready to announce... The post Two Powerful CPR Tools appeared first on CPR Certification Online HQ.
  • How to Take an Infant’s Pulse?

    John careccia
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    I have been teaching CPR for more than 20 years and have seen it evolve from an uncertain approach to... The post How to Take an Infant’s Pulse? appeared first on CPR Certification Online HQ.
  • Know the 1970s Disco Hit “Stayin’ Alive”, You can Perform CPR!

    Lisa M
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    The method of performing CPR has taken a new turn. The American Heart Association is now promoting two steps to... The post Know the 1970s Disco Hit “Stayin’ Alive”, You can Perform CPR! appeared first on CPR Certification Online HQ.
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