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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

Bloodbourne and Airborne Pathogens for First Responders

As a first responder, you may encounter varying types of bloodborne and airborne pathogens. It is necessary to be prepared for these circumstances so that you are better equipped to protect yourself and others and help to stop the spread of potentially dangerous pathogens. This course will discuss bloodborne and airborne pathogens, including the use of personal protective equipment and controlling exposure.

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

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