Anyone Can See A STEMI | Why We Should Do Better

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EMS1This second half of last weeks live episode with Dave Brenner talks about reading 12 lead ECGs and why we should go beyond the basics of just identifying a STEMI.

We also discuss why you should want to go beyond the basics in this and in all things EMS.

Take a listen and jump over to Itunes when you can and give us a rating there. It really helps the Apple juju.

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Asthma | EMS Patient Assessment

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This episode focuses on some key points when assessing your asthma patient. Part of a larger download over at Turbo Medic it gives some important elements when doing your EMS patient assessment on the asthmatic patient. It even talks how you can begin your assessment before you even get to the patients side.

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Wake Up Sleepy Head | That 24 Hour Shift Isn’t Helping Anyone

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goldenhouremsDo you work 24 hour shifts in EMS or think that would be a great schedule option to have? What would your patients think about an overtired EMS provider showing up at their door?

There are a lot of negatives when it comes to a 24 hour schedule. Even when that schedule may be at two different agencies but split up into two 12 hour shifts. When you do this you are only fooling yourself and not your sleep deprived body and mind.

What about the potential liability factor? There’s no fooling a lawyer.

Take a listen as Jim and Dave give their take on this issue. There is no quick fix on this but Dave gave one suggestion that many EMS professionals might find as a good alternative to working 24 hours or more in a row.



 

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The Trachea | EMS Study Help

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Breaking down some anatomy and focusing on the trachea. A simple yet key structure. Take a look and be sure to “Like” , “Share” and “Tweet” to spread the social media lovin’

 

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EMS Unit Utilization | Is Data Effecting Patient Care?

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As EMS professionals we do a job. Part of that job is being available to take calls and respond in a timely manner. Utilization of EMSmedicsmalefemale crews and tracking times on scene, in hospitals etc. ensure we are meeting the goals of response. However, when does this metric of time begin to effect patient care, documentation and even response?

Take a listen to this episode and share your thoughts below. I have a feeling we will be re-visiting this topic soon and hope to add your feedback to the discussion.

 

 

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EMS Patient Assessment | Checking The Neck

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This week I wanted to focus on the neck. When we do EMS patient assessment scenarios we often just look and verbalize things like tracheal deviation, midline blah blah blah. So here I just point out some key elements when assessing a patients neck for both medical and trauma. Yeah, it’s not rocket science but it’s not just looking for tracheal deviation either… what exactly is that anyway?

 


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How Do You Treat Drownings?

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ems paramedic questionsThis week Jim, Josh and Dave talk about trauma vs. medical approach in the drowning patient. Most EMS protocols focus on the medical end with a trauma CYA aspect.

How do your guidelines direct you to treat drowning victims? Leave your thoughts below and be sure to share the show on FaceBook to spread the social media lovin’

 

 

 

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EMS Airway Assessment | Hours Of Training, Seconds To Act

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EMS airway assessment is drilled in to us from EMT school to recert classes like ACLS. But we know it all already so why keep harping on it? While it may take hours of classroom training and skills practice to learn airway assessment. You only have seconds in the field to decide how to manage a patients airway.

Deciding on using a BVM, KING airway or ETI depends on many things. You should be thinking about them as you approach your patients and during your
initial and on going EMS patient assessments.

This video drills home some more key points to think about during your airway assessment. Take a few minutes now to watch the video so you can
act in seconds later when your patient needs it.


Do you have some airway assessment tips? Post them below and be sure to like this video if you found it helpful.

 

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EMS Rapid Fire | June Part Two

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ems transportIn the second part of the Rapid Fire episode Josh and Jim talk about dispatching and answer the question “How old is too old to start your EMS career?”

Check out this episode and leave your thoughts on age in EMS below

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EMS Rapid Fire | June Part One

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AUDIO5In the first episode for June Jim and Josh talk about how Jim’s EMS Week was turned around and ask “Have the number of non emergency calls increased since you joined EMS?”.

Take a listen and leave your thoughts below. Have you seen your percentage of non emergency calls increase over the years?

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