Anatomy & Physiology P1 | EMS Quick Study

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EMS study guide on anatomy and physiology. This first installment in the A&P area focuses on the systems of the body and what is located within the various sections of the body.




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Taking Risks To Meet Expectations

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ems paramedic questionsThis week the guys talk about EMS pay and what is enough pay for the risks involved. Speaking of risks. We also discuss the risks we take in order to meet expectations set by our agencies and even our training.

Take a listen and be sure to post what your optimal EMS salary would be below.

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Calling In Sick In EMS | Another EMS Closing

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ems transportThis week we got into when we call in sick as an EMS professional, the term mental health day and how small vs. large agencies view sick time. Also discussed was another EMS agency closing where residents voted down a service rather than pay a small tax to keep it.

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EMS Medicolegal P2 | EMS Quick Study

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This weeks Monday Minutes focuses on the new EMS Quick Study series. This week is part two of Medicolegal Aspects. Remember, this is designed for quick terms and topic refresher. Great for a last minute exam review. You can get full presentations on many topics like this at Turbo Medic.



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Get more information on the EMS Quick Study Guide mentioned in the video by clicking here.

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Narcan For Everyone | Backboards For No One

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EMS1On this weeks EMS Office Hours I was joined by Greg Friese and we discussed two popular topics in 2014. We talked about the growing use of Narcan by not just EMS but other first responders like law enforcement and fire departments. Plus the welcomed changes in how we use spinal immobilization in EMS.

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EMS Medicolegal P1 | EMS Quick Study

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This weeks Monday Minutes focuses on the new EMS Quick Study series. This week is part one of Medicolegal Aspects. Remember, this is designed for quick terms and topic refresher. Great for a last minute exam review. You can get full presentations on many topics like this at Turbo Medic.



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Get more information on the EMS Quick Study Guide mentioned in the video by clicking here.

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When Your Patient Uses 10 Codes

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I am going to tell a story here. One of those “it happened on the ambulance” stories.

ambrushblurSo, while on a call of an assault I am treating this patient who was in a fight along with about 5 other people. She said she was jumped and that her assailants used pepper spray on her and she couldn’t see, although five seconds before she was waving at us as we pulled up to the scene.

So, I treat her as any patient I have, irrigating her eyes and making a general wet mess in the back of the ambulance. Now of course she is hysterical would not hold still on the stretcher and saying she couldn’t breath, that her heart stopped one time from not breathing and any number of complaints in her post assault/fight hysteria.

Yes she was breathing fine and her vitals where good and all that other stuff you might be wondering about that could fit her into a zebra category.

My main reason for sharing this rather basic story is that as soon as her eyes where irrigated enough so she could grab and use her cell phone she makes a call and says “Hey it’s me, Code 10, so and so just jumped us and tried to kill me, Code 10.”

At this me and my partner looked up at each other. Wondering just what a Code 10 was.

She said that to whoever she was calling about four times. “Code 10, code 10″

I wanted to ask what it was although I pretty much could guess what a Code 10 in ghetto call signs meant.

But did Code 10 mean;

Get here with fists and hair pulling
Knives and chains
Guns and …

No matter what it meant, I wanted to be away from the scene. I didn’t know how far away the Code 10 was, when it could happen and the added comment to me about how ” busy” I was going to get as per the patient made me want to be clear from the area as soon as I could.

Of course, she refused transport despite her breathing complaints and her easily stopping heart. Even with my encouragement to go to the hospital thinking maybe that would delay any Code 10 that was coming.

She signed any appropriate paperwork and even though recently blinded jumped off the ambulance without assistance. Leaving me anticipating the mysterious Code 10 for the rest of the evening.

I did go and tell the police officers at the scene about her phone call so perhaps any heads up they could have regarding the impending Code 10 might be beneficial.

Luckily no further events from that scene occurred that night. At least not that I know of.

But I took away from the call a reminder of the dangers that we as providers encounter each day. That a simple call with a secret Code could mean more danger, more patients and a scene that was safe becoming unsafe.

A reminder that we have to be alert to these phone calls and to always have that situational awareness. Especially with what in my opinion is a growing lack of hesitation to assault and involve EMS providers in violent encounters.

Stay safe

 

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What Is Your Non-Emergency Percentage?

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medicsmalefemaleDuring this weeks Office Hours Jim, Josh and Dave talk about the never ending flow of non-emergency calls and how that can numb us as EMS providers. It’s important not get complacent and to properly assess each patient. However don’t you think that the crying wolf we deal with in EMS can easily make us fall into just what these patients sometimes perceive us as – A “taxi ride” to the hospital.

Take a listen to the show and pay attention to find out how you can get a free WANTYNU Oxygen Wrench. 


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Also you can contact us direct with comments on the show by sending an email to contact(at)emsofficehours.com

 

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EMS Foundations | EMS Quick Study

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This weeks Monday Minutes starts a brand new feature where I am going to focus on nice EMS quick study tips. These early ones may be a bit run of the mill for you but I want to start at the beginning and build this library resource for you and future members.


Click here for the EMS Quick Study Guide resource mentioned in the video

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Do You Know Your Stroke Mimics?

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This weeks episode talks about many of the mimics of a CVA/Stroke. Do you keep these differentials in mind when assessing your patient for neurological emergencies?

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