How to Clear the Airway During a Power Outage

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Power outages are among the most common emergencies, affecting nearly 40 million people each year. For most people, a power outage is a minor inconvenience that means limited access to screens and perhaps a few hours spent playing board games. For some, power outages are more dangerous, and can mean no access to heat or air conditioning in dangerous temperatures. And for an unlucky few, a power outage can present a life-threatening emergency. Clearing the airway during a power outage is a critical and life-saving skill that all EMS professionals must master.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Why Is Emergency Preparedness Important?

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Emergency preparedness is a critical aspect of the job for every medical professional, especially first responders. You’ll be working with people at some of the most difficult times of their lives, often in the wake of immense tragedy or a sudden disaster. Emergency preparedness should guide your work. Making sure you’re prepared for emergencies is not something you do once; it’s an ongoing undertaking that you must continually revisit in training, in your work with other agencies, and on your own. Preparedness saves lives.

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What are the Long-Term Health Consequences of Natural Disasters?

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Media depictions of natural disaster preparedness tend to highlight immediate needs, such as clothing, food, shelter, and access to medical care. Long after the glaring lights of the news media have turned to another natural disaster, however, survivors of the previous disaster may continue to face health issues. First responders must prepare not only for the immediate effects of natural disasters, but also for the long-term health consequences. Here are the most common lingering effects of natural disasters.

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5 Things to Prepare Your EMS Unit for During a Power Outage

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Power outages can strike without warning. For some, they are a minor inconvenience that lasts only a few moments. But serious outages can last for many days, endangering the health of people who depend on ventilators and other electrical devices to remain healthy and alive.

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Topics: Hospital disaster preparation, Emergency Preparedness

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: 5 Things First Responders Must Know About Sun Safety

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The weather is still cool in much of the country, and warm springs have not yet given way to hot summers. Oppressive heat is just around the corner, though, so now is the perfect time to brush up on sun safety. Many first responders focus solely on the effects the sun can have on patients. EMS professionals are just as vulnerable, especially in hot regions where they must spend long days in the sun. Here are five things you need to know to keep yourself safe while tending to patients.

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This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: Auto Accidents

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM

As the cold begins to thaw across the country, many families begin planning their spring and summer vacations. With students out of school and families taking road trips, more people are on the road in the summer, which unfortunately means that car accidents increase during the summer months. Now is the time for your agency to begin preparing for the inevitable uptick in summer auto accidents. Here’s what you can do to save lives:

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

The Rise in Rapid Response Teams and their Role in Emergency Situations

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM

A rapid response team (RRT) is a group of specially-trained individuals who are brought together as a team and respond immediately when activated for various patient situations within the hospital. The RRT model was initially implemented as part of the 100,000 Lives Campaign by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in response to flaws in the existing healthcare system. Since then, deployment of an RRT at the first sign of patient decline has been established by IHI as a new standard of care within hospital systems nationwide to reduce patient harm and deaths.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: Flu Season Update

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM

With 30 states now reporting widespread flu activity, January is prime time to revisit flu prevention strategies and sharpen respiratory management skills. More than 7 million people have gotten the flu so far this year, with as many as 83,000 hospitalized because of respiratory complications. Sixteen children have already died. This is in spite of a flu vaccine that appears to be mostly effective this season.

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This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: Allergies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 29, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It may still be frigid in your region of the country, but warmer weather is on the way, and soon frozen ground will give way to daffodils and crocuses. Families across the country are already planning spring vacations. Those vacations bring new experiences, new foods, and new exposure to allergens. For some people, these new allergen exposures can trigger a potentially lethal anaphylactic reaction. Now is the time to brush up on allergy management skills so your team can be prepared.

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This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness