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Trauma Kit Supplies Every EMT Should Have

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 27, 2023 8:00:00 AM

 

Preparedness is essential to trauma treatment, especially when you encounter catastrophic injuries in the field. Having the right supplies in your trauma kit allows you to care for patients and avoid needless treatment delays. 

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness, Tactical trauma kit, Trauma

Reassuring Patients’ Families During Airway Emergencies

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 15, 2023 7:00:00 AM

Depending on the emergency and treatment circumstance, it can often be helpful to have patients’ family members present to answer questions about a patient’s background or medical history, but it can also be overwhelming and add even more stress for the providers and patients involved.

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Topics: Airway management, Emergency Preparedness

How to Recognize Respiratory Emergencies Before They Happen

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 23, 2023 8:00:00 AM

As a paramedic, you are frequently called upon to treat respiratory emergencies. These emergencies come in many forms, from asthmatics to Those with emphysema 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

What Hospital Emergency Operations Plans Should Say About Power Loss

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 18, 2023 8:00:00 AM

This post is an excerpt taken from our complementary ebook, The Emergency Preparedness Professional’s Guide to Planning for Hospital Supply Line Disruptions.

 

Recent natural disasters, such as Winter Storm Elliott, have demonstrated that hospitals can suffer crippling blows during times of crisis. But at the same time, hospitals are expected to provide continuous and safe patient care amidst these challenges.

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Topics: Battery-powered suction, Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Suction Procedures for Paramedics

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 11, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Every shift can present a range of medical emergencies. Myocardial infarctions (MI), strokes, traumatic injuries—you must be ready for anything. And any one of these patients can devolve into a critical suction scenario. The MI may lapse into cardiac arrest; the stroke may render swallowing ineffective; and the trauma patient may have facial injuries producing copious blood in the mouth. You must have suction at the ready for every patient. Your priority is always a patent airway.

 

The critical aspect of suction readiness is having procedures in place that ensure you are prepared. So let's discuss some of the aspects of emergency suction procedures for paramedics.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

Suction Tip Types: How to Decide What Fits Your Needs

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 4, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Think for a moment about all the decisions you make each time you treat a patient. It begins with your assessment: Is the patient stable or critical? Are their vitals sufficient, or do they require immediate intervention? Will they need ALS or BLS? Each scenario prompts a deluge of decisions—decisions that must be made instantaneously in some cases.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Airway Management for Head and Neck Injuries

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 15, 2023 6:00:00 AM

 

Head and neck injuries are very common during emergency calls, particularly following a vehicle crash, fall or another trauma that affects the upper portion of a patient’s body. Those who suffer such injuries, beyond the potential for long-term skeletal, muscular or neurological issues, also carry a high risk for a range of airway issues or crises. If a responder is not able to resolve these issues promptly, the consequences can be fatal.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness, airway obstruction

Mitigating Common Errors in Suctioning and Airway Maintenance

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 30, 2022 12:49:00 PM

 

Chief among a health care provider’s worst nightmares, apart from losing a patient, is unintentionally doing harm to one. In addition to a feeling of failure or shame, a poor outcome carries the risk of a malpractice allegation.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

How the Holidays Bring Increased Challenges to Emergency Responders

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 9, 2022 5:30:00 AM

 

Food, family, gifts and much more bring us joy. The holiday season in the U.S. is upon us, and unfortunately, so are some of the unique challenges that accompany these special days.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Preparing an EMS Team for a Mass Casualty Incident

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 19, 2022 6:45:00 AM

 

September is National Preparedness Month, a time to remember and spread awareness about the need for robust preparation in the event of a disaster or emergency. This applies to all, from families to businesses — and of course, health care organizations and providers.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness