5 Tips for Winterizing Your First Responder Kit

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The first chill of autumn is already in the air in many parts of the country, and though warmer regions still see tomato blossoms and gardenias, this last flush of summer will soon give way to cooler weather. The cold presents unique challenges to first responders. Now is the time to take stock of your equipment and winterize your first responder kit. Here are five steps to take now.

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Topics: EMS suction, Medical Suction

4 Ways to Enhance Ambulance Safety

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When transporting a critically ill patient, it’s easy to focus only on the medical emergency. But ambulance crashes are common; more than 6,500 ambulance crashes occur each year, claiming an average of 33 lives annually. The vehicle fatality rate of first responders is almost 5 times the national average. Ambulance safety depends on taking proactive steps to mitigate risk in the event of a crash.

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Topics: ambulance safety

Airway Anatomy and Suction: The Top 5 Things You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: Airway management

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: The 5 Most Common School Emergencies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Everything You Need to Know About Portable Suction Machine Maintenance

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: portable suction

A Complete Guide to Respiratory Assessment for Nurses

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 4, 2018 10:38:59 AM

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Topics: respiratory assessment

The First Responder's Guide to Emergency Medical Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Protecting the airway is key to protecting the patient, regardless of the reason for an EMS call. Almost all of the most common EMS emergencies involve risk to the airway. Consider the following common emergencies, and how the airway may be involved:

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Topics: Emergency medical suction

Clearing the Airway With SALAD: An Interview With Dr. James DuCanto

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Dr. James DuCanto wants to make one thing clear: he didn’t know what the implications would be when he started the project that would lead to the development of the SALAD technique. The project originally came about as the result of a question, curiosity, and a desire to make a difference. Seeing the rate of first pass failure in intubation among medical professionals, Dr. DuCanto asked himself, “How can I help them do a better job?”

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Topics: Airway management

The Role of Tactical Trauma Kits in Schools

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 25, 2018 9:05:46 AM

A school district in Ohio plans to make tactical trauma kits available in every classroom, beginning this fall. The kits are similar to those used on battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s a decision that has some parents scratching their heads. After all, these are children, not soldiers. But injuries in school are rapidly increasing due to mass shootings and other tragic events. These tactical kits can and will save lives. Your agency may want to consider getting behind similar measures in your local school system. Having the right equipment can be a matter of life and death following a tragedy.

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Topics: Tactical trauma kit

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: Preparing for the 5 Most Common Holiday Emergencies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The weather may still be hot throughout most of the country, but walk into any grocery or home improvement store and you’ll see signs of fall: pumpkins, mums, apple cider, and straw bales. Cooler weather and the holiday season it brings will be here before you know it. Now is the time for emergency management agencies to begin preparing for holiday emergencies. Public outreach can save lives, so consider planning a public education seminar about common holiday emergencies before the temperature begins dropping.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness