This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: Gearing Up for Summer!

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 18, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes a slew of summer-related emergencies. From natural disasters to drownings to close encounters with stinging insects, the warm months usher in a plethora of deadly events that you, the emergency responder, must be prepared for.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Managing Chest Trauma: Advanced Airway Alternatives

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 15, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Chest trauma can produce lethal consequences for your patients. In fact, chest injuries account for between 25-50% of trauma-related deaths worldwide, with early recognition and treatment being one of the primary factors in reducing mortality.¹

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Topics: Airway management

What to Include in Your Tactical Medical Kit

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 24, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Each year, the number of active shooter incidents seems to climb. Hardly a week goes by without a broadcast reporting a gun-wielding assailant leaving behind a trail of victims. In fact, between 2000-2016, statistics show a steady, upward climb of the number of incidents and the number of victims, with over 1,400 casualties produced during that 16-year period.¹

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Topics: Tactical trauma kit

Four Common Respiratory Emergencies Among the Elderly

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 22, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Respiratory emergencies among the elderly are a common occurrence. As an emergency responder, especially if you work in warmer climes—such as Florida and Arizona—where many people go to retire, you will frequently be called upon to administer life-saving treatments for those in respiratory distress.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

Spinal Trauma: Managing the Tenuous Airway

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 18, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Spinal cord injuries are devastating events. In the U.S., most are the result of automobile collisions, but falls, penetrating injuries, and blunt trauma can also cause injury to the spinal cord, leading to a respiratory emergency. It is estimated that there are over 11,000 spinal cord injuries each year in the U.S., the majority (80%) of which affect males around the age of 37.¹ When the injuries involve the cervical vertebrae, specifically the midsection (C3 through C5), they can disrupt the phrenic nerve, which controls movement of the diaphragm, rendering the patient unable to breathe on their own.

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Topics: Airway management

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: EMS In the Community

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 17, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

We all know what an important role the 911 system plays in communities throughout the United States, but the role of EMS goes well beyond responding to fire and medical emergencies. Today, departments are realizing the impact they can have throughout their cities by getting involved in public outreach and education.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Airway Obstruction in Kids: Know the Risks

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 11, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Pediatric airway obstruction may be a rare occurrence for EMS responders, but they are a frequent cause of pediatric death worldwide. According to the Mayo Clinic, choking is a common cause of injury and death among children.¹ And it could simply be a matter of time before you are called upon to relieve an obstructed airway or treat a child who is choking.

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Topics: Airway management

Five Pediatric Airway Management Best Practices

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 10, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Responding to pediatric emergencies requires a special approach. From your initial assessment, to diagnosis and treatment, you must tailor your approach by understanding the differences in pediatric anatomy and physiology, the best approach for assessing your patient, and some special considerations when it comes to treatment.

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Topics: Airway management

Three Respiratory Emergencies Involving Hazardous Materials

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 4, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Last August, on a calm Sunday at the southern coast of England, people strolling along the shore were suddenly engulfed in a strange chemical cloud. More than 130 people were treated at an area hospital for complaints ranging from sore throats, to streaming eyes, to difficulty breathing.¹ The source and the identity of the cloud have yet to be determined, but the event is a reminder that hazardous materials can cause a range of medical issues—one of the most serious being respiratory emergencies.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

The Role of Portable Suction in Mobile Dentistry

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 2, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Mobile dentistry has become a progressive trend in medicine. By making dental care available to those who lack access to basic treatment, mobile dentistry improves the lives and health of populations around the world.

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Topics: Medical Suction for Dental