Recent research on EMS providers revealed concerning findings about weight, blood pressure and lifestyle choices. Listen to study author Jane Brice, MD talk about her team's research methods. Also hear from newly-appointed Head of GMR Life, Rhonda Kelly, whose focus is on preventive measures for her providers. EMS World Senior Editorial and Program Director Hilary Gates guides this thoughtful discussion. Read the article, "Effects of an Unwell Workforce" for more.
We know the public safety professions face an increased suicide risk. For EMS professionals it may be greater even than police and firefighters. Researchers at St. Louis’ Washington University explored the danger in our February issue through anonymous surveys sent to providers at 20 agencies, and what they found was more than alarming. Drs. Al Lulla and Phil Moy tell us more.
How can EMS help the family after a child dies? Peter Antevy, a pediatric emergency medicine physician and EMS medical director interviews Captain Adrian Castro, who ran the tragic scene in Palm Beach County mentioned in this Jan. 1 article. Peter also interviews Jason Turchin, a victims' rights attorney who has vast experience in cases like these.
Metro EMS of Little Rock, Ark., has adapted its protocols to include head elevation for cardiac arrest patients. A crew utilized their new resuscitation bundle in August to help save 44-year-old Darlene Skogen, whose story is profiled in January’s EMS World magazine. Here MEMS paramedic Jesica Hunter, who was part of that crew, quality manager Mack Hutchison, and associate medical director Wendell Pahls, MD, discuss their evolving approach and its benefits with Senior Editor John Erich.
Albuquerque Fire Rescue is the first EMS agency in North America to perform ECMO in the field. How did they do it? With a specially-equipped ambulance, a pop-up tent and a specially-trained team of paramedics, physicians and cannulators. AFR EMS Chief Chris Ortiz and Dr. Darren Braude of UNM Hospital share their knowledge in treating 2 cardiac arrest patients in late 2019. Click here to read the accompanying article on EMS World's website.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue's Captain Jessica Banks, EMT-P, RN is proud of the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program that is helping those with substance use disorder. Listen as she discusses delivering patient care as a community paramedic, how a mobile integrated health program benefited the department’s relationship with the community, and how you, too, can implement a medication-assisted treatment program in your own community. Read more about their program from Assistant Editor Valerie Amato on the EMS World website here.
They were up for the challenge. Russell Carter and Justin Ward from Montgomery County Hospital District discuss their recent victory at the EMS World ALS Clinical Challenge at Expo. They share how communication was a key determinant of their success and how they stayed calm under pressure.
Assistant Editor Valerie Amato sits down with current and former collegiate EMS providers to hear about their unique experiences. She also reads an excerpt of Barry Bachenheimer’s article “Back to School: Another Look at College-Based EMS” from the November 2019 issue of EMS World.
Medic Mindset host Ginger Locke chats with Dr. Jeff Jarvis about his article “The Perils of Peri-Intubation Hypoxia” from the January 2019 issue of EMS World. He explains how disregarding the fundamentals of airway management induces hypoxia more often than providers realize. Dr. Jarvis also does a read-aloud of his article in this episode.
EMS World Editorial Director Jonathan Bassett interviews members of the Princess Anne Courthouse Volunteer Rescue Squad about their recent EMS World Expo Award of Excellence: the 2019 Zoll Volunteer EMS Service of the Year. They also discuss how the squad has remained resilient after a mass shooting in their response area. The article can be found here.