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 Knuckle Draggers & Expectations

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Study5This week Jim and Josh talk about having to be willing to get down, dirty and in the mud as an EMS provider. The  topic of education and expectations was discussed as well.

Take a listen and find out why the knuckle dragging term came up. What was your expectation coming into EMS?

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Your EMS Task At Hand

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The last Monday Minutes for 2013. I end the year with tips on staying focused, how it can help you and your patient. I also talk about how when you know “You have a job” staying on task is vital. Take a listen and let me know if you or your partners have been guilty of these distractions.




 

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The EMS Hobbyist

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medicsmalefemaleThis week we talk about the part time EMS provider. The volunteer, the person who uses EMS as a part time income or because they enjoy the rush, the change from a desk job. Does this type of workforce help or hurt us as a profession? How does this demographic in EMS effect the supply and demand for employers?

How does this all translate to those of us who depend on EMS for our livelihood?

Take a listen as we are joined by guest David Brenner and leave your thoughts on our discussion in the comments below.


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Be sure to visit John Broyles on his podcast this Saturday by clicking here and check out Josh and his one of kind EMS oxygen wrench by clicking here.

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What Are Your EMS Talking Points?

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EMS This week we give some teaser content on upcoming episodes and want your feedback, your talking points and your opinions on some popular EMS topics. We hope to get the dialogue started in October with topics like EMS pay, being a hobbyist or professional in the EMS world, cops giving Narcan and responsibilities shows and websites have when it comes to the perception of EMS to the masses.

Take a listen and leave your comments below, over on Facebook or send Jim an email. This show is about you the EMS professional and your thoughts, struggles and ideas as much as it is about our own.


Shout out on Facebook here

Tweet it to us @emssafe

Send it to Jim at  jhoff(at)emsseo.com

OR – Just leave your comments below.

 

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The EMS Identity, Who Are We?

medicsmalefemaleYou may have seen many times how EMS has an identity crisis. If you take a step back, it really is no wonder. It seems we are forever trying to come up with a name, what that name means and what anyone who holds that name can or can’t do.

Does it start at EMT and end with Community Paramedic? Ambulance driver or Nurse?

This week we ask the question “How can we decide on a name when we can’t decide on the job we want to do?”

Should we be sticking with what we know before trying to look at other things that may be mucking up the gears? Josh ponders “Maybe we should get under the nursing umbrella”.

Take a listen to this very lively episode and share what you think EMS should really be.


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Check out Josh and his one of kind EMS oxygen wrench by clicking here.

 

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Merit Badges Determining Standard Of Care and…

EMS1This weeks episode contained a few hot topics in EMS news, the standard of care and how merit badges play into it all. Plus the EMT and police issue in NYC AND we went off the rails a bit with a discussion on scene positioning and prior planning.

Thanks to Josh and Tim Noonan for joining in the conversation and to John Broyles for keeping the chat room going.


If you are looking for an employee scheduling and management software, be sure to check out EMS Manager and get your free trial of their innovative software. Give a try by clicking here.

Click here for the link to Tim’s post on Merit badges and standard of care.

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Is The EMT’s Job Safer, Less Demanding? When Should Medics Change Careers?

EMS1The last show of 2012. The year went by fast and the show has gained many new listeners. We end this year with a look at a few popular topics in EMS. Including the new outlook for EMT employment, when a medic should be a PA and a few other hot items in the EMS interwebs.

Take a listen as Jim, Josh, Bob talk about these topics and are joined by John Broyles over in the chat room.


Show notes:

Here are the articles mentioned during the show

Bob Sullivan on when its time to become a PA

The Social Medic post on the miraculous improvement in EMT job outlook.

 

 

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EMS On The Front Lines | Can We Ever Be Ready?

Sadly, it seems like more tragedies and disasters are becoming a regular occurrence. This forces EMS into the front lines of these events and takes us rapidly from the nursing home patient or sick call to an all out multiple patient scenario involving situations and patients we are not always ready to encounter.

No matter how much training we have, can we ever truly be ready to see and deal with what we may roll up on. Mentally if not physically.

Take a listen to myself and Josh Knapp in this episode as we discuss these types of events, is there any real EMS preparation we can do and pre and post reactions. What can help us going into 2013 as we realize more than ever before how we are indeed on the front lines?


Thanks to those in the chat room including John Broyles from 1 Union 801 The Podcast who will have the first podcast post Mayan end of days.

Check out this pdf on Active Shooter reaction tips

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Is EMS One Big Toxic Environment?

I think we can all agree that EMS is a tough job. Patients, family members, nurses, docs, police, fire, the UPS guy. All the things that can make our jobs easier or harder, depending on many variables.

Add to that what seems to be an often toxic work environment, its no wonder it gets to be a kill or be killed theme out there. Every man and woman for themselves.

So in this episode, we ask why are our work environments so toxic? What underlines the causes and what are some key things we can do as individuals and as a group to make things better?



Show Notes

Thanks to Bob, Dave, Joe and John for joining us and lending their insight.

Bob Sullivan at EMS Patient Perspective

Dave Aber from EMS Difference

Josh Knapp over at WANTYNU

John Broyles from the 1 Union 801 podcast

Articles mentioned

http://www.naemt.org/Libraries/Advocacy%20Documents/Just%20Culture%20in%20EMS.sflb

http://www.jems.com/article/administration-and-leadership/gossip-just-dangerous-safety-hazard

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