It’s All About Scene Safety Until It’s Not

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EMS1Ever get to the EMS call and find the door slightly open and no one is answering? What do you do? Does your decision to enter or not depend on the type of call? Does your agency have a written guideline for this scenario?

Lots of questions for what can be a very common occurrence in EMS. While the answers may very black and white on paper, as providers and EMS professionals we can struggle with safety vs. potential patient needs or outcomes.

Listen to this episode and be sure to comment below and what you would do in these situations and what drives your decisions.


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ECG Tunnel Vision | Looking Beyond Just One Lead

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As paramedics and EMS professionals we often get stuck in one lane. Many have been taught or have the habit of using Lead II as their “go to” lead when determining a patients rhythm. But this is not always the best choice.

Check out this video for why and leave your ECG reading tips below.

 

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Treating From The Sidelines | EMS Perception

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EMS1This episode we discuss a recent video where EMS providers in NYC are shown with a patient in police custody who ended up dying. More importantly we talk about the all the Monday Morning Quarterbacks that have judged and sentenced these providers with knowing the full story, including local politicians and other EMS governing bodies.

We also talk about the perception in EMS with videos like this one and how that perception is damaged even more with countless FaceBook posts and comments.

This week is the second half of the live show from July 27 with Jim , Josh and Dave Brenner  along with guest caller Donald as they try and give their views on the topic.

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I Love The Way You Talk | The Language Of EMS

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man-discuss-01EMS has a language of it’s own. Have you ever tried talking to someone outside of EMS about a call you had, the way you do things at work or even explaining how a protocol works? They usually get confused, don’t understand or it’s just too much and they don’t care.

They may even think you are cold or uncaring based on a story you may tell or frustration you described from a call.

This week Jim and Josh are joined by Donald E. and talk about this language and why we do it, how it helps us cope and if we should even bring outsiders into our little inside stories.

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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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