This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: The Heroin Epidemic Impacts EMS

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 22, 2017 4:30:00 AM

The Heroin Epidemic Impacts EMS

Anyone working in EMS can attest to the dramatic rise in opioid emergencies. It seems the heroin epidemic has spread to every corner of our country, and as it impacts the public, so it impacts emergency responders charged with treating and transporting these patients.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Is Your Pre-Shift Workflow Optimized for Safety?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 23, 2017 4:30:00 AM

You never know what a shift might bring. Each time you report to duty, you have no idea what the day will hold. Which is why you must be prepared for anything. Whether it’s a natural disaster that suddenly descends on your community or an MCI on the interstate, sending critical patients to area hospitals and closing major thoroughfares, you and your crew must be ready for whatever unfolds.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness, Crash Cart Supplies

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: The Effects of Mass Shootings on First Responders

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 10, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Welcome to our SSCOR monthly newsletter. Each month, we will focus on the latest EMS preparedness news, keeping you up on the latest trends in emergency response, education, and training.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: National Survey on EMS Preparedness

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 17, 2017 4:30:00 PM

Welcome to our first edition of the SSCOR monthly newsletter. Each month, we will focus on the latest EMS preparedness news, keeping you up on the latest trends in emergency response, education, and training.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Why Prioritize Suction Machine Maintenance?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 14, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As an emergency responder, you have a lot of responsibility. You must be ready for anything: critical patients, natural disasters, and the ever-present threat of terrorist attacks. And a key to readiness is maintaining your equipment, for without your tools, you are little help to anyone.

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Topics: EMS suction, Emergency Preparedness

Three Neurological Emergencies Requiring Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 26, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Neurological emergencies come in many forms, many of them life-threatening. Any pathological process or traumatic injury that impacts the patient's neurological system can have devastating consequences: paralysis, brain damage, even death. As an emergency provider, you must be prepared to support your patient's vital functions. This includes ensuring adequate circulation—by maintaining blood pressure and pulse—along with oxygenation, through oxygen therapy, intubation and, most importantly, suction.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Trauma-Related Respiratory Emergencies: What to Look For

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 14, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

Trauma-related respiratory emergencies can be some of the most difficult patient scenarios to treat. Trauma comes in many forms: from blunt to penetrating to blast injuries involving any or many parts of the body. And when the trauma affects the respiratory system, whether through direct impact (oral or facial injuries) or indirectly (pneumothorax or hemothorax), your patient can teeter on the brink of survival.

Treating respiratory emergencies is never easy. And when they are compounded by trauma, they can be downright deadly. So, let's discuss what to look for when it comes to trauma-related respiratory emergencies.

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Topics: Airway management, Emergency Preparedness

The Emergency Vehicle Maintenance Checklist Everyone Should Have

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 22, 2017 4:30:00 AM

In the field of EMS, maintenance is critical. Our trucks must be kept in good working order, our drugs must be up to date, and even our knowledge base must be tweaked on a regular basis, to ensure we keep up with new trends in the field and keep our skills sharp.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

How to Recognize Respiratory Emergencies Before They Happen

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 10, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As a paramedic, you are frequently called upon to treat respiratory emergencies. These emergencies come in many forms, from asthmatics to emphysemics to pediatrics suffering from obstructions. No matter the type of call, emergencies involving the respiratory system are some of the most critical you will handle. And recognizing the true respiratory emergency is the first step in treating it. It all starts with your assessment.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Five Common Mistakes That Are Made During a Respiratory Assessment

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 10, 2017 4:30:00 AM


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Topics: Emergency Preparedness