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Avoiding Social Media Landmines for EMS Providers

Social media has evolved into a regular part of how our society shares information, opinions, and perspectives. By some measures, it has become the primary method used many members of society to express themselves altogether. This course examines our tendency to express our stressors through social media and the implications it can have that are specific to EMS providers. We’ll also examine best practices for both EMS department social media accounts as well as personal EMS provider accounts.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Cardiac Emergencies in the Pre-Hospital Setting

This course will discuss treating cardiac emergencies in the pre-hospital environment. Topics discussed include predicting patient flow, the cardiovascular system, pit crew CPR, cardiac arrest strategies, cardiac arrest drugs, dysrhythmia, ACLS, what to do if the rhythm is too slow or too fast, and other cardio vascular diseases.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Chokeholds, Ketamine, and Prone Positioning: The Legal and Medical Implications for EMS Practitioners

Recent societal events have focused on misconduct by law enforcement and improper use of chokeholds and other restraint mechanisms. But police officers are not the only ones who may act improperly, causing harm to others. It happens in EMS agencies, too! This dynamic and thought-provoking session will discuss the legal liability and the untoward medical effects of physical and chemical restraints. In this course, you'll hear from two legal and clinical experts as they address the challenging “dual role” of the EMS practitioner in ensuring both patient and bystander safety and at the same time remaining an ardent patient advocate when dealing with difficult patients or persons in custody.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

CPAP and Capnography: A Dynamic Duo

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP is a BLS and ALS tools that can save lives, reduce hospitalization times, and provide better patient management in the field. This presentation provides a history of CPAP, overview of patient selection criteria, standards of care, assessment, application of CPAP in the field and transition of care to the Emergency Department. Disposable CPAP devices and use of capnography with the application and titration of CPAP promise to increase utilization and improve patient outcomes.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

E-CPR, VADs and ECMO: Oh My!

In this webinar, learners will be introduced to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and its broad applications. It is a well-established therapy, and its use is becoming more widespread. Most tertiary facilities have ECMO programs and capability. EMS personnel could be called on to transport these critically ill patients, and this lecture provides a broad overview. ECMO has been used in the field as a resuscitative adjunct. In the future, it is possible that some centers in the United States may consider this option. In this course, Dr. Misselbeck also provides a provocative look at the potential of this emerging technology for the future.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Intellectual Disabilities and Their Effect on Patient Assessment

Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID—previously known as mental retardation) have characteristics that can have a profoundly challenging impact on interactions with EMS providers during a medical or traumatic emergency. This course will discuss various characteristics of individuals with ID; suggestions for determining capacity and obtaining informed consent; ways to assess for pain; and suggestions to help facilitate assessment, treatment, and transport.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Management of Acute Burn Injuries

This course will examine current trends in burn care for both pediatric and adult patients. We will discuss triage and stabilization, airway and inhalation injury, burn shock and edema, escharotomy, calculating burn size, types of burns, and clinical studies.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Mobile Stroke Units

A stroke occurs in the U.S. every 40 seconds. Rapid intervention has shown great increases in the quality of life for those recovering from strokes. Mobile stroke units are designed to help reach stroke patients quickly and improve survival rates. This course will discuss considerations for EMS involving the use of mobile stroke care units.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Non-Invasive Ventilation

This course will discuss considerations for utilizing non-invasive ventilation such as CPAP, BiPAP, and nasal capnography in the pre-hospital environment.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Walking the Patient

EMS providers are aware that lifting and moving patients is a high-risk activity both for the patient and for the provider. This presentation will provide a framework for EMS in how to make the risk assessment when faced with lifting and moving challenges. Whether or not to allow a patient to walk to the transport unit or whether to take the time and effort involved in a difficult carry is a decision EMS is faced with every shift. We will also review a legal case in which EMS was sued for walking a cardiac patient down stairs.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 30 min

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